- responsibility for the steering of a ship.
- con3(defs 2, 3).
Origin of conn
- 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
- 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
Examples from the Web for conned
Miles, it was agreed by nearly all, could not and would not be conned musically.The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
October 18, 2014
He had mob ties, and conned not only the companies that he helped make worthless, but also his own brokers.The Real Wolf of Wall Street: Jordan Belfort’s Vulgar Memoirs
December 20, 2013
He killed five men and married five women, conned Al Capone, and traded card tricks with Houdini.This Week's Hot Reads
The Daily Beast
November 5, 2010
The price of initiation at the Palm Beach Country Club, whose members Madoff conned?The Best of Bernie
Ben Crair, Benjamin Sarlin
December 19, 2008
Condi, as she is always known, had conned Linda into thinking the President needed to have his medical doctor close at hand.Meet the Bushes
October 10, 2008
A minute after he had conned her, she struck heavily again and again.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
She conned him searchingly, and the complete calm of him at such a time amazed her.Scaramouche
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
They conned the nice gradations of tint in the spring foliage of Gramercy Park.Pipefuls
- 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 conned
"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.