- 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.
cozen definition by Webster's New World
- to cheat; defraud
- to deceive
Origin: ; from Middle English cosin, fraud, trickery ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old French cosson, horse-trader ; from Classical Latin cocio, coctio, a broker, dealer
- cozenage noun
cozen definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb coz·ened, coz·en·ing, coz·ens verb, transitive
- 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: Perhaps from Middle English cosin, fraud, trickery.
- cozˈen·er noun