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conn

[kon]
verb (used with object)
  1. con3(def 1).
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noun
  1. responsibility for the steering of a ship.
  2. con3(defs 2, 3).
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Origin of conn

First recorded in 1800–10

con

3

or conn

[kon]Nautical
verb (used with object), conned, con·ning.
  1. to direct the steering of (a ship).
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noun
  1. the station of the person who cons.
  2. the act of conning.
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Origin of con

3
1350–1400; earlier cond, apocopated variant of Middle English condie, condue < Middle French cond(u)ire < Latin condūcere to conduct

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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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    Henry Beam Piper

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

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    Henry Beam Piper

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

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British Dictionary definitions for conn

conn

verb, noun
  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of con 4
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Conn

noun
  1. 2nd century ad, king of Leinster and high king of Ireland
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Conn.

abbreviation for
  1. Connecticut
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con

1
noun
    1. short for confidence trick
    2. (as modifier)con man
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verb cons, conning or conned
  1. (tr) to swindle or defraud
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Word Origin for con

C19: from confidence

con

2
noun (usually plural)
  1. an argument or vote against a proposal, motion, etc
  2. a person who argues or votes against a proposal, motion, etc
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Word Origin for con

from Latin contrā against, opposed to

con

3
noun
  1. slang short for convict
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con

4

esp US conn

nautical
verb cons, conns, conning or conned
  1. (tr) to direct the steering of (a vessel)
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noun
  1. the place where a person who cons a vessel is stationed
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Word Origin for con

C17 cun, from earlier condien to guide, from Old French conduire, from Latin condūcere; see conduct

con

5
verb cons, conning or conned
  1. (tr) archaic to study attentively or learn (esp in the phrase con by rote)
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Word Origin for con

C15: variant of can 1 in the sense: to come to know

con

6
preposition
  1. music with
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Word Origin for con

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).

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con

n.2

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

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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.

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con

v.1

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

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con

v.2

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

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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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