An example of cozen is cheating while playing poker.
- to cheat; defraud
- to deceive
Origin of cozenfrom Middle English cosin, fraud, trickery from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old French cosson, horse-trader from Classical Latin cocio, coctio, a broker, dealer
verbcoz·ened, coz·en·ing, coz·ens
- To mislead by means of a petty trick or fraud; deceive.
- To persuade or induce to do something by cajoling or wheedling.
- To obtain by deceit or persuasion.
Origin of cozenProbably ultimately ( perhaps via Middle English cosin fraud, trickery ) from Old French cosson middleman, trader or obsolete Italian cozzonare to cheat ( from Italian cozzone horse-trader ) both ultimately from Latin cōciō, coctiō dealer perhaps of Etruscan origin
(third-person singular simple present cozens, present participle cozening, simple past and past participle cozened)