- 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 conning
Conning people into buying a book to prepare for an "Ebola apocalypse" is not just irresponsible, it's pathetic.The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola
November 20, 2014
There was one flashing glimpse of conning tower, smashed plates.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
She frowned, conning him still with those dark, wistful eyes of hers.Scaramouche
But this was while conning, in cold weather, the classic tale of Troilus and Cressid.The Balladists
This word comes from "con" of the conning tower on a man-of-war.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
To the amazement of all he led the way to the conning tower.Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers
H. Irving Hancock
- 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 conning
"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.