cozen

  • 1 Cozen — Coz en (k?z n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cozened} ( nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cozening} ( n ?ng). ] [From cousin, hence, literally, to deceive through pretext of relationship, F. cousiner.] To cheat; to defraud; to beguile; to deceive, usually by small… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Cozen — Coz en, v. i. To deceive; to cheat; to act deceitfully. [1913 Webster] Some cogging, cozening slave. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 cozen — index bait (lure), betray (lead astray), bilk, cheat, deceive, defraud, delude …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 cozen — 1560s, of uncertain origin; perhaps from Fr. cousiner cheat on pretext of being a cousin; or from M.E. cosyn fraud, trickery (mid 15c.), perhaps related to O.Fr. coçon dealer, merchant, trader, from L. cocionem horse dealer. Related: Cozenage …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 cozen — *cheat, defraud, swindle, overreach Analogous words: *dupe, bamboozle, gull, trick, hoax, hoodwink, befool: delude, beguile, *deceive, mislead …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 cozen — ► VERB literary ▪ trick or deceive. ORIGIN perhaps from obsolete Italian cozzonare to cheat …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 cozen — [kuz′ən] vt., vi. [< ME cosin, fraud, trickery < ? OFr cosson, horse trader < L cocio, coctio, a broker, dealer] 1. to cheat; defraud 2. to deceive cozenage n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 cozen — v. (formal) 1) (d; tr.) to cozen into 2) (d; tr.) to cozen out of (to cozen smb. out of his money) * * * [ kʌz(ə)n] (formal) (d;tr.) to cozen into (d;tr.) to cozen out of (to cozen smb. out of his money) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 cozen — cosen, cozen /kszsnf. In old English law, to cheat …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 10 cozen — transitive verb (cozened; cozening) Etymology: perhaps from obsolete Italian cozzonare, from Italian cozzone horse trader, from Latin cocion , cocio trader Date: 1573 1. to deceive, win over, or induce to do something by artful coaxing and… …

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  • 11 cozen — cozener, n. cozeningly, adv. /kuz euhn/, v.t., v.i. to cheat, deceive, or trick. [1565 75; perh. < ONF coçonner to resell, v. deriv. of coçon retailer ( < L coctionem, acc. of coctio, cocio dealer), influenced by MF cousin dupe, lit., COUSIN] * * …

    Universalium

  • 12 cozen — verb /ˈkʌzən/ To cheat; to defraud; to beguile; to deceive, usually by small arts, or in a pitiful way. [...] What devil wast See Also: cozener, cozenage …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 cozen — Synonyms and related words: beat, beguile, beguile of, betray, bilk, bunco, burn, cheat, chisel, chouse, chouse out of, cog, cog the dice, con, crib, defraud, delude, diddle, do, do in, do out of, double cross, euchre, finagle, flam, fleece,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 cozen — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To cause to accept what is false, especially by trickery or misrepresentation: beguile, betray, bluff, deceive, delude, double cross, dupe, fool, hoodwink, humbug, mislead, take in, trick. Informal: bamboozle, have …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 cozen — coz|en [ˈkʌzən] v [T] old fashioned [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from early Italian cozzonare, from cozzone buyer and seller of horses , from Latin cocio trader ] to trick or deceive someone …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 cozen — cousin …

    American English homophones

  • 17 cozen — coz·en || kÊŒzn v. swindle, cheat; deceive …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 cozen — [ kʌz(ə)n] verb literary trick or deceive. Derivatives cozenage noun cozener noun Origin C16: perh. from obs. Ital. cozzonare to cheat …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 cozen — v. a. Cheat, trick, defraud, deceive, swindle, chouse, dupe, gull, overreach, circumvent, beguile, victimize, take in, impose upon …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 20 cozen — verb (T) old use to trick or deceive someone …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English