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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 of conn
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10

con3

or conn

[kon] /kɒn/ 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.
Origin
1350-1400; earlier cond, apocopated variant of Middle English condie, condue < Middle French cond(u)ire < Latin condūcere to conduct

Conn.

1.
Connecticut (def 1).
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  • "It sure is, conn," the town marshal agreed, then lowered his voice.

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  • "conn, they wouldn't have believed you and Foxx Travis," he said.

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  • He managed, while talking, to comment on the cut of conn's suit, and finger the material.

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  • "We could use a regiment, conn," Tom Brangwyn said seriously.

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  • conn reactivated it and put it up above the tops of the vehicles.

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  • conn could hear the old soldier, in the radio, make a similar remark.

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  • conn yelled at the others, who were also becoming hysterical.

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  • conn Maxwell knows better than this balderdash he's been spouting to you.

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British Dictionary definitions for conn

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

Conn.

abbreviation
1.
Connecticut

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
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Word Origin and History for conn

con

n.1

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

con

n.2

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

con

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.

con

v.1

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

con

v.2

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

con

n.3

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for conn

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
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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