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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

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

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

con4

[kon] /kɒn/ 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

con7

[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 conned
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  • A minute after he had conned her, she struck heavily again and again.

  • She conned him searchingly, and the complete calm of him at such a time amazed her.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Now each of us in turn had heard this speech, and we conned it over and over again.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • Annie had conned her answer on many a sleepless pillow, and had it by heart.

    Potts's Painless Cure Edward Bellamy
  • They conned the nice gradations of tint in the spring foliage of Gramercy Park.

    Pipefuls

    Christopher Morley
British Dictionary definitions for conned

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

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 conned

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 conned

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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