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

Definition
To cozen, or to cheat in return.

Cozen
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).

Etymology
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.'

Usage
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
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