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[kuhz-uh n] /ˈkʌz ən/
verb (used with or without object)
to cheat, deceive, or trick.
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
Related forms
cozener, noun
cozeningly, adverb Unabridged
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to cheat or trick (someone)
Derived Forms
cozenage, noun
cozener, noun
Word Origin
C16: cant term perhaps related to cousin
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Word Origin and History for cozen

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.

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