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Word of the Day
Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Definitions for cozen

  1. To cheat; to defraud; to deceive, usually by petty tricks.
  2. To obtain by deceit.
  3. To act deceitfully.

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Citations for cozen
You would naturally not think so flat a rogue could cozen you. But have a care! These half idiots have a sort of cunning, as the skunk has its stench. Robert Louis Stevenson, The Master of Ballantrae
The men who circle endlessly around her are mostly louts and losers. We watch them, at some length, as they drink, dope, cozen each other and tirelessly mistreat women. Brad Leithauser, New York Times
Origin of cozen
Cozen perhaps derives from Early Modern French cousiner, "to defraud; literally to treat as if a cousin (hence to claim to be a cousin in order to defraud)," from Old French cosin.