1. (also COUSE) a chat, a gossip ...1880 Eng. dial. rare
2. (also COUSE) a woman, especially one who is sexually attractive or promiscuous; by extension, a prostitute ...1921 US sl.
3. (also COOSE, CUZE) the female genitals; the vagina ...c1925 US sl.
4. (also KUSE) a term of abuse or contempt ...1948 US sl.
5. a passive, effeminate homosexual ...1950 US sl.
6. a lesbian ...1965 US homosexual sl.
7. vaginal secretions ...1981 sl.
8. a term of address to a sexually exciting woman ...1986 US sl.
9. sexual intercourse with a woman ...1989 US sl.
1. to loiter aimlessly, to idle ...1810 Eng. dial. obs.
2. to chat, to gossip ...1870 Eng. dial. rare
3. to chase, to hunt, to pursue ...Bk1895 Eng. dial.
n. 1. from cooze (vb. to chat, to gossip)
n. 3. possibly shortened from coozie (n. the female genitals)
vb. 2. (from OED) Probably < Cornish cows (verbal noun) action of talking (already in Middle Cornish), of uncertain origin, perhaps ultimately related to French causer , although the relevant sense ‘to chat, to gossip’ is later in French (16th cent.: see causerie n.)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1810 - Cozing, or coozing, loitering, soaking
From: The Monthly Magazine, Or, British Register
Devonshire and Cornwall Vocabulary
Volume 29, 1810
EXAMPLE (for noun 2)
"...Just lean back into the tar paper and look up into the cold sky, think of the races he'd win and the easy-come goof-job he'd have in the loft. Think of Melva, the neighborhood's favorite teen-age cooze, a jazzed-up kitten still fleshy with baby fat yet to be rubbed off, blue-jeaned Melva with "Danger - T.N.T." proudly crayoned o n her sweatshirt over her fat young teats, a funned-up member of the young ladies auxiliary of the Golden Warriors, with her gold-and-purple Golden Warriorette blazer..."
From: On the Waterfront: a Novel
- Budd Schulberg, 1955