- against a proposition, opinion, etc.: arguments pro and con.
- the argument, position, arguer, or voter against something.
Origin of con1
- to learn; study; peruse or examine carefully.
- to commit to memory.
Origin of con2
- to direct the steering of (a ship).
- the station of the person who cons.
- the act of conning.
Origin of con3
- involving abuse of confidence: a con trick.
- to swindle; trick: That crook conned me out of all my savings.
- to persuade by deception, cajolery, etc.
- a confidence game or swindle.
- a lie, exaggeration, or glib self-serving talk: He had a dozen different cons for getting out of paying traffic tickets.
Origin of con4
- a convention, especially one for fans of a particular type of popular culture: sci-fi, gaming, and anime cons.
Origin of con5
- a convict.
Origin of con6
- to strike, hit, or rap (something or someone).
- to hammer (a nail or peg).
- to beat or thrash a person with the hands or a weapon.
Origin of con7
- variant of com- before a consonant (except b, h, l, p, r) and, by assimilation, before n: convene; condone; connection.
Origin of con-
Origin of con.
Examples from the Web for con
The bitcoin community and press have vilified Mark Karpeles, the CEO of Mt. Gox, as a clown and a con man.Vilified Bitcoin Tycoon After Losing $500 Million: My Life Is at Risk
September 17, 2014
Despite being a comic book consumer, for me the Con is less about the comics and more about the costumes.Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman
July 28, 2014
Between 2001 and 2010, Con Air flew 129,760 convicted criminals back to Central America.
Tens of thousands of Honduran thugs have been flown home on Con Air since 2001.
We channeled all our criminal smarts into finding ways to con the food system.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison
June 21, 2014
It is not the purpose of the authors to discuss the subject pro or con.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
And reflexive: con him land geare, knows the land well, 2063; pl.Beowulf
You fetch that cat here or I'll have Con take him away from you.
Con took one or two steps after the flying cat and gave up the chase.
Mary-'Gusta was near the edge of the pine grove and Con was close at her heels.
- short for confidence trick
- (as modifier)con man
- (tr) to swindle or defraud
- an argument or vote against a proposal, motion, etc
- a person who argues or votes against a proposal, motion, etc
- slang short for convict
esp US conn
- (tr) to direct the steering of (a vessel)
- the place where a person who cons a vessel is stationed
- (tr) archaic to study attentively or learn (esp in the phrase con by rote)
- music with
- a variant of com-
Word Origin and History for con
"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)).
"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.
"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.
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.
- Variant ofcom-