Dictionary.com Unabridged

Con.

con.


Origin:
< Latin contrā

con

1 [kon]
adverb
1.
against a proposition, opinion, etc.: arguments pro and con.
noun
2.
the argument, position, arguer, or voter against something.
Compare pro1.


Origin:
1575–85; short for Latin contrā in opposition, against

con

2 [kon]
verb (used with object), conned, conning.
1.
to learn; study; peruse or examine carefully.
2.
to commit to memory.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English cunnen, Old English cunnan variant of can1 in sense “become acquainted with, learn to know”

con

3 [kon] Nautical.
verb (used with object), conned, conning.
1.
to direct the steering of (a ship).
noun
2.
the station of the person who cons.
3.
the act of conning.
Also, conn.


Origin:
1350–1400; earlier cond, apocopated variant of Middle English condie, condue < Middle French cond(u)ire < Latin condūcere to conduct

con

4 [kon] Informal.
adjective
1.
involving abuse of confidence: a con trick.
verb (used with object), conned, conning.
2.
to swindle; trick: That crook conned me out of all my savings.
3.
to persuade by deception, cajolery, etc.
noun
4.
a confidence game or swindle.
5.
a lie, exaggeration, or glib self-serving talk: He had a dozen different cons for getting out of paying traffic tickets.

Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism; by shortening of confidence

con

5 [kon]
noun Slang.
a convict.

Origin:
1715–25; by shortening

con

6 [kon]
verb (used with object), conned, conning. British Dialect.
1.
to strike, hit, or rap (something or someone).
2.
to hammer (a nail or peg).
3.
to beat or thrash a person with the hands or a weapon.

Origin:
1890–95; perhaps akin to French cognée hatchet, cogner to knock in, drive (a nail) home

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To con
Collins
World English Dictionary
con1 (kɒn)
 
n
1.  a.  short for confidence trick
 b.  (as modifier): con man
 
vb , cons, conning, conned
2.  (tr) to swindle or defraud
 
[C19: from confidence]

con2 (kɒn)
 
n
1.  an argument or vote against a proposal, motion, etc
2.  a person who argues or votes against a proposal, motion, etc
 
[from Latin contrā against, opposed to]

con3 (kɒn)
 
n
slang short for convict

con or esp (US) nautical conn4 (kɒn)
 
vb , cons, conns, conning, conned
1.  (tr) to direct the steering of (a vessel)
 
n
2.  the place where a person who cons a vessel is stationed
 
[C17 cun, from earlier condien to guide, from Old French conduire, from Latin condūcere; see conduct]
 
conn or esp (US) nautical conn4
 
vb
 
n
 
[C17 cun, from earlier condien to guide, from Old French conduire, from Latin condūcere; see conduct]

con5 (kɒn)
 
vb , cons, conning, conned
archaic (tr) to study attentively or learn (esp in the phrase con by rote)
 
[C15: variant of can1 in the sense: to come to know]

con6 (kɒn)
 
prep
music with
 
[Italian]

Con.
 
abbreviation for
Conservative

con-
 
prefix
a variant of com-

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

con-
see com-.

con
"negation" (mainly in pro and con), 1570s, short for L. contra "against" (see contra).

con
"study," from O.E. cunnan "to know, know how" (see can (v.)).

con
"swindle," 1889, Amer.Eng., from confidence man (1849), from the many scams in which the victim is induced to hand over money as a token of confidence. Confidence with a sense of "assurance based on insufficient grounds" dates from 1590s. Con also can be a slang or colloquial shortening of several other
con- words in English, e.g., from the 19th century, confidant, conundrum, conformist, contract, and from the 20th century, convict, conductor.

con
"to guide ships," 1626, from Fr. conduire, from L. conducere (see conduce).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

con- pref.
Variant of com-.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Slang Dictionary

con definition


  1. n.
    a convict. : Is that guy in the gray pajamas one of the escaped cons?
  2. n.
    a confidence scheme. : They pulled a real con on the old lady.
  3. tv.
    to swindle or deceive someone. : Don't try to con me. I know the score.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
Cite This Source
FOLDOC
Computing Dictionary

con definition


[SF fandom] A science-fiction convention. Not used of other sorts of conventions, such as professional meetings. This term, unlike many others of SF-fan slang, is widely recognised even by hackers who aren't fans. "We'd been corresponding on the net for months, then we met face-to-face at a con."
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Abbreviations & Acronyms
con
  1. confidence game

  2. convict

CON
certificate of need
con.
  1. concerto

  2. conclusion

  3. Latin conjunx (wife)

  4. connection

  5. consolidate

  6. consul

  7. continued

  8. Latin contra (against)

  9. convention

Con.
Congo
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Some of these guys could con a doctor into giving them sleeping pills.
Most foreigners are not out to con you-and even their oddest gestures are usually acts of hospitality.
What you never knew about casinos and the cons who con them.
Old-school café specializes in churros con chocolate.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;