To cozen is to mislead, defraud, or fool someone through lies. Cozen rhymes with dozen, and if you say you had two wrong answers on your math test, but you really had a dozen, you might be trying to cozen your parents.

While not related in roots, the first part of cozen sounds like the slang word "cuz." If someone asks why you lied, you might say "Cuz I didn't want you to know the truth." And to cozen is to keep the truth hidden and deceive or cheat. Using a trick to get something is one way to cozen, and if you tell a partial truth, there's still a part lie or an attempt to cozen and mislead.

Definitions of cozen

v be false to; be dishonest with

deceive, delude, lead on
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betray, sell
deliver to an enemy by treachery
cheat, chisel
engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud
act as a shill
flim-flam, fob, fox, play a joke on, play a trick on, play tricks, pull a fast one on, trick
deceive somebody
befool, fool, gull
make a fool or dupe of
betray, cheat, cheat on, cuckold, wander
be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage
hoax, play a joke on, pull someone's leg
subject to a playful hoax or joke
ensnare, entrap, frame, set up
take or catch as if in a snare or trap
trick or deceive
double cross
betray by double-dealing
profit privately from public office and official business
play the shark; act with trickery
rig, set up
arrange the outcome of by means of deceit
use a crib, as in an exam
carry on a romantic relationship with two people at the same time
cook, fake, falsify, fudge, manipulate, misrepresent, wangle
tamper, with the purpose of deception
fool or dupe
fool around, play around
commit adultery
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victimise, victimize
make a victim of

v cheat or trick

“He cozened the money out of the old man”
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acquire, gain, win
win something through one's efforts
cheat, chisel, rip off
deprive somebody of something by deceit

v act with artful deceit

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cheat, chisel
engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud

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