'cuz

cuz

2 [kuhz]
conjunction Informal.
Also, 'cuz.


Origin:
by shortening and alteration

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cuz (kʌz)
 
n
1.  (NZ) a term used by a Māori to refer to or address a family member
2.  (Austral) a term used by an Aboriginal person to refer to or address a family member
 
[shortened from cousin]

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

[kəz]
  1. n.
    cousin. (Old colloquial. The spelling is eye-dialect. Cous probably would not be recognized as cousin.) : I've got to go to Denver to visit my cuz.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
CUZ
because (shortwave transmission)
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