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noun Informal.
  1. cousin.
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Origin of cuz1

by shortening and alteration


or 'cuz

conjunction Informal.
  1. because.
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Origin of cuz2

by shortening and alteration
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  • The others respect him 'cuz he's proved his ability to lead.


    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • Dat correspondence mortify me might'ly' cuz I hadn' raised P'laski no sich a ways as dat.

    P'laski's Tunament

    Thomas Nelson Page

  • I warn' git out, but I knew I cyarn do dat, 'cuz 'twuz de ambitiouses smellin' place I ever smelt in my life.

    P'laski's Tunament

    Thomas Nelson Page

  • Dee grant my beques', 'cuz dee know I gwine to erward him accordin' to his becessities, an' I jes nod my head to him an' went out.

    Elsket and Other Stories

    Thomas Nelson Page

  • Pa's got a few buckshot in him; but he don't mind it 'cuz he don't weigh much, anyway.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for cuz


noun informal
  1. NZ a term used by a Māori to refer to or address a family member
  2. Australian a term used by an Aboriginal person to refer to or address a family member
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Word Origin

shortened from cousin
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Word Origin and History for cuz

17c. as an abbreviation of cousin; 1889 as an attempt to represent the lazy pronunciation of because.

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