- to cheat, deceive, or trick.
Origin of cozen
Examples from the Web for cozened
I had already been cozened once, I had resolved not to be snared again.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
I would all the world might be cozened; for I have been cozened and beaten too.The Merry Wives of Windsor
You deceived me, Robin Fitzooth, and cozened my servant Warrenton.Robin Hood
You were cozened by this hell-rake of a Stede Bonnet and thought it a rare pleasure!Blackbeard: Buccaneer
Ralph D. Paine
And on a sudden, very fierce: If I am cozened, 't is not the peasants have cozened me.Long Will
- to cheat or trick (someone)
Word Origin and History for cozened
1560s, of uncertain origin; perhaps from French cousiner "cheat on pretext of being a cousin;" or from Middle English cosyn "fraud, trickery" (mid-15c.), which is perhaps related to Old French coçon "dealer, merchant, trader," from Latin cocionem "horse dealer." Related: Cozened; cozening; cozenage.