What does cozen mean?

Definitions for cozen
ˈkʌz əncoz·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deceive, lead on, delude, cozenverb

    be false to; be dishonest with

  2. cozenverb

    act with artful deceit

  3. cozenverb

    cheat or trick

    "He cozened the money out of the old man"


  1. cozenverb

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

  2. Etymology: Origin uncertain.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To COZENverb

    To cheat; to trick; to defraud.

    Etymology: To cose is in the old Scotch dialect, as Franciscus Junius observes, to chop or change; whence cozen, to cheat, because in such traffick there is commonly fraud.

    Let the queen pay never so fully, let the muster-master view them never so diligently, let the deputy or general look to them never so exactly, yet they can cozen them all. Edmund Spenser.

    Goring loved no man so well but that he would cozen him, and then expose him to publick mirth for having been cozen’d. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    He that suffers a government to be abused by carelessness or neglect, does the same thing with him that maliciously and corruptly sets himself to cozen it. Roger L'Estrange, Fab. 21. Reflect.

    You are not obliged to a literal belief of what the poet says; but you are pleased with the image, without being cozened by the fiction. Dryden.

    What if I please to lengthen out his date
    A day, and take a pride to cozen fate. John Dryden, Aurengzebe.

    Children may be cozened into a knowledge of the letters, and be taught to read, without perceiving it to be any thing but a sport. John Locke, on Education.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cozenverb

    to cheat; to defraud; to beguile; to deceive, usually by small arts, or in a pitiful way

  2. Cozenverb

    to deceive; to cheat; to act deceitfully

  3. Etymology: [From cousin, hence, literally, to deceive through pretext of relationship, F. cousiner.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cozen

    kuz′n, v.t. to flatter: to cheat.—ns. Coz′enage, the practice of cheating: deceit; Coz′ener. [Perh. from Fr. cousiner, to claim kindred for one's own advantage, play the parasite—cousin, a cousin.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cozen in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cozen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of cozen in a Sentence

  1. Firdausi:

    Women are ever masters when they like, And cozen with their kindness; they have spells Superior to the wand of the magicians; And from their lips the words of wisdom fall, Like softest music on the listening ear.

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  • كوزينArabic
  • морочить, надувать, обманыватьRussian

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