- The definition of cozen is to cheat, or make someone believe something that isn't true.
An example of cozen is cheating while playing poker.
- to cheat; defraud
- to deceive
Origin of cozen; from 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)