Cozen vs Woodwind - What's the difference?
As a verb cozen
is (archaic) to cheat; to defraud; to beguile; to deceive, usually by small arts, or in a pitiful way.
As a noun woodwind is
(musical instruments) any (mostly wooden) musical instrument which produce sound by the player blowing into them, through a reed, or across an opening woodwind instruments include the recorder, flute, piccolo, clarinet, oboe, cor anglais and bassoon.
As an adjective woodwind is
related to a woodwind instrument.
(archaic) To cheat; to defraud; to beguile; to deceive, usually by small arts, or in a pitiful way.
* 1602 , , Act III, Scene 2,
* , 1851, The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor , Volume 1,
- What devil was't / That thus hath cozen'd you at hoodman-blind?
* 1866 , Spoils, By a Receiver'', Charles Chauncey Burr (editor), ''The Old Guard: A Monthly Journal Devoted to the Principles of 1776 and 1787 , Volume 4,
- It is certain that children may be cozened into goodness, and sick men to health, and passengers in a storm into safety; and the reason of these is, — because not only the end is fair, and charitable, and just, but the means are such which do no injury to the persons which are to receive benefit;.
* 1914 , , The Gates of Doom , 2001,
- The man, too, who has been matrimonially cozened''''', "would all the world might be '''cozened'''," for he has been '''cozened''', and beaten too; but with him the cudgel is "hallowed;" he would "hang it o'er the altar;" perhaps for the reason given by the "Merry Wives of Windsor," because "it hath done meritorious service;" and no sooner is he, by a seemingly merciful disposition of Providence, released from the cudgeler, but he is in haste to be ' cozened and beaten again.
- But that you should have been cozened' with me, that my ' cozening should in part have been a natural sequel to your own, rather than an independent error of mine, is a helpful reflection to me in this dark hour.
Modern usage is generally to effect a dated style.
* Webster's New School and Office Dictionary, copyright 1962
"cozen" on Online Etymology Dictionary
(musical instruments) Any (mostly wooden) musical instrument which produce sound by the player blowing into them, through a reed, or across an opening. Woodwind instruments include the recorder, flute, piccolo, clarinet, oboe, cor anglais and bassoon.
Related to a woodwind instrument.