AskDefine | Define cozen

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1 be false to; be dishonest with [syn: deceive, lead on, delude]
2 act with artful deceit
3 cheat or trick; "He cozened the money out of the old man"

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Origin uncertain.




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



Webster's New School and Office Dictionary, copyright 1962

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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