Definition of cozen
coz·enedcoz·en·ing play \ˈkəz-niŋ, ˈkə-zə-\
1 : to deceive, win over, or induce to do something by artful coaxing and wheedling or shrewd trickery
2 : to gain by cozening someone <cozened his supper out of the old couple>
Examples of cozen
<cozened several elderly ladies into believing that he was intending marriage>
<cozened scores of people by persuading them to hand over funds that he would “invest”>
Origin of cozen
perhaps from obsolete Italian cozzonare, from Italian cozzone horse trader, from Latin cocion-, cocio trader
First Known Use: 1573
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