NerdFury - Big Daddy (nerdfury) wrote in 1word1day,
NerdFury - Big Daddy

Happy February first, everyone! I'm not late because it's still Sunday in Alaska, Hawaii, Washington and California! Muahaha!

Today's word is:

Counter-cozen [kown-ter-koh-zen]
verb, obscure

To cozen, or to cheat in return.

To cheat, defraud by deceit, ceat out of, to deceive, dupe, beguile, impose upon, to beguile or cheat into, up, etc.; to induce by deception to do a thing
To while away (time).

From counter + cozen
Uncertain derivation

Cozen possibly derived from the Italian cozzonare, described to mean 'to play the horse-breaker or courser, also, to play the craftie knaue.'

I love watching movies like The Italian Job and Ocean's Eleven because in addition to shenanigans and heists, the plot inevitably requires that the thieves countercozen someone by plot's end!

Gosh, I love having the OED at my fingertips. :D

By the way, if anyone should need assistance with definitions or etymologies for words, please don't hesitate to contact me. I have the whole Oxford Engish dictionary at hand, so can give you pretty much anything.
Tags: c, italian, verb, wordsmith: nerdfury

  • Sunday Word: Cynosure

    cynosure [ sahy-n uh-sh oor, sin- uh- ] noun: 1 one that serves to direct or guide 2 a center of attraction or attention 3 (capitalised) the…

  • Sunday Word: Peroration

    peroration [per- uh- rey-sh uhn] noun: 1 the concluding part of a speech or discourse, in which the speaker or writer recapitulates the…

  • Wednesday Word: Ikat

    Ikat noun. Ikat, pronounced ee-kaht, refers to either the technique used to create this woven cloth or the cloth itself. This interesting textile…

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 1 comment