- responsibility for the steering of a ship.
- con3(defs 2, 3).
Origin of conn
- to direct the steering of (a ship).
- the station of the person who cons.
- the act of conning.
Origin of con3
Examples from the Web for conn
Conn has never had a showcase of the photos all together, but he hopes to one day have the entire collection published as a book.Nightmarish Scenes from New York's Subway
Seth Michael Donsky
June 11, 2009
Even though we could be married in Mass. or Conn, Canada, Holland, Spain and a handful of other countries, this is our home.You Can Forget My Taxes
November 6, 2008
Conn yelled at the others, who were also becoming hysterical.
"It sure is, Conn," the town marshal agreed, then lowered his voice.
"Conn, they wouldn't have believed you and Foxx Travis," he said.
He managed, while talking, to comment on the cut of Conn's suit, and finger the material.
"We could use a regiment, Conn," Tom Brangwyn said seriously.
- a variant spelling (esp US) of con 4
- 2nd century ad, king of Leinster and high king of Ireland
- 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
Word Origin and History for conn
"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.