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cozen

[ kuhz-uhn ]
/ ˈkʌz ən /
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verb (used with or without object)
to cheat, deceive, or trick.
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Origin of cozen

1565–75; perhaps <Old North French coçonner to resell, verbal derivative of coçon retailer (<Latin coctiōnem, accusative of coctiō, cōciō dealer), influenced by Middle French cousin dupe, literally, cousin

OTHER WORDS FROM cozen

coz·en·er, nouncoz·en·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cozen

cozen
/ (ˈkʌzən) /

verb
to cheat or trick (someone)

Derived forms of cozen

cozenage, nouncozener, noun

Word Origin for cozen

C16: cant term perhaps related to cousin
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