cozening

cozen

[kuhz-uhn]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to cheat, deceive, or trick.

Origin:
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

cozener, noun
cozeningly, adverb
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cozen (ˈkʌzən)
 
vb
to cheat or trick (someone)
 
[C16: cant term perhaps related to cousin]
 
'cozenage
 
n
 
'cozener
 
n

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cozen
1561, perhaps from Fr. cousiner "cheat on pretext of being a cousin;" or from M.E. cosyn "fraud, trickery" (1453), perhaps related to O.Fr. coçon "dealer," from L. cocionem "horse dealer."
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