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conn

[kon] /kɒn/
verb (used with object)
1.
con3 (def 1).
noun
2.
responsibility for the steering of a ship.
3.
con3 (defs 2, 3).
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10

con2

[kon] /kɒn/
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”

con3

[kon] /kɒn/
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

con4

[kon] /kɒn/
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

con6

[kon] /kɒn/
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
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Examples from the web for conning
  • The operator sits in a conning tower in the top of the car.
  • IF they do they either do not know what they are talking about, or they are conning us.
  • Only a conning tower for air intake and radar need be above the surface.
  • All he cares about it conning them into voting for him as the only alternative.
  • There is an invisible pilot in a conning tower who calls down directions by phone.
  • The captain navigated by peering out fist-size portholes in the forward conning tower.
  • After teaming up and stealing a car, the two set off to make a new life conning country hicks.
  • His eyeballs roll up under heavy lids as he's conning the general staff with mock humility.
  • Career con artists never stop conning, and many believe they can con anybody.
  • The sophisticated vessel also has a conning tower, periscope and air conditioning system.
British Dictionary definitions for conning

con1

/kɒn/
noun
1.
  1. short for confidence trick
  2. (as modifier): con man
verb cons, conning, conned
2.
(transitive) to swindle or defraud
Word Origin
C19: from confidence

con2

/kɒn/
noun (usually pl)
1.
an argument or vote against a proposal, motion, etc
2.
a person who argues or votes against a proposal, motion, etc
Compare pro1 See also pros and cons
Word Origin
from Latin contrā against, opposed to

con3

/kɒn/
noun
1.
(slang) short for convict

con4

/kɒn/
verb cons, conns, conning, conned
1.
(transitive) to direct the steering of (a vessel)
noun
2.
the place where a person who cons a vessel is stationed
Word Origin
C17 cun, from earlier condien to guide, from Old French conduire, from Latin condūcere; see conduct

con5

/kɒn/
verb cons, conning, conned
1.
(transitive) (archaic) to study attentively or learn (esp in the phrase con by rote)
Word Origin
C15: variant of can1 in the sense: to come to know

con6

/kɒn/
preposition
1.
(music) with
Word Origin
Italian

conn

/kɒn/
verb, noun
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of con4

Conn

/kɒn/
noun
1.
2nd century ad, king of Leinster and high king of Ireland
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Word Origin and History for conning

con

n.

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

"study," early 15c., from Old English cunnan "to know, know how" (see can (v.1)).

a slang or colloquial shortening of various nouns beginning in con-, e.g., from the 19th century, confidant, conundrum, conformist, convict, contract, and from the 20th century, conductor, conservative.

adj.

"swindling," 1889, American English, 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.

v.

"to guide ships," 1620s, from French conduire "to conduct, lead, guide" (10c.), from Latin conducere (see conduce). Related: Conned; conning.

"to swindle," 1896, from con (adj.). Related: Conned; conning.

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Slang definitions & phrases for conning

con 1

noun

A convict or former convict; prison inmate: You're a ''con,'' you've no rights (1893+)


con 2

noun
  1. scam: It's a clever con and you're a greedy rat
  2. A dishonest sort of persuasion; put-on: a slick young man with a line of deferential con (1900s+)
verb
  1. To swindle; work a confidence game: We conned the old fart out of three big ones (1896+)
  2. : He conned her into thinking he'd marry her

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Related Abbreviations for conning

con

  1. confidence game
  2. convict

CON

certificate of need
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