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Origin uncertain.


  • IPA: /ˈkʌzən/


Cozen (third-person singular simple present Cozens, present participle Cozening, simple past and past participle Cozened)

  1. (archaic) To cheat; to defraud; to beguile; to deceive, usually by small arts, or in a pitiful way.


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, flimflam, fob, fudge, gouge, gull, gyp, have, hocus, hocus-pocus, humbug, mislead, mulct, overreach, pack the deal, pigeon, practice fraud upon, rook, scam, screw, sell gold bricks, sell out, shave, shortchange, stack the cards, stick, sting, swindle, take a dive, take in, thimblerig, throw a fight, victimize

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Webster's New School and Office Dictionary, copyright 1962 Online Etymology Dictionary