conn

[ kon ]
/ kɒn /

verb (used with object)

noun

responsibility for the steering of a ship.

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Origin of conn

First recorded in 1800–10

Definition for conned (2 of 5)

con2
[ kon ]
/ kɒn /

verb (used with object), conned, con·ning.

to learn; study; peruse or examine carefully.
to commit to memory.

Origin of con

2
before 1000; Middle English cunnen, Old English cunnan variant of can1 in sense “become acquainted with, learn to know”

Definition for conned (3 of 5)

con3

or conn

[ kon ]
/ kɒn /
Nautical

verb (used with object), conned, con·ning.

to direct the steering of (a ship).

noun

the station of the person who cons.
the act of conning.

Origin of con

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

Definition for conned (4 of 5)

con4
[ kon ]
/ kɒn /
Informal.

adjective

involving abuse of confidence: a con trick.

verb (used with object), conned, con·ning.

to swindle; trick: That crook conned me out of all my savings.
to persuade by deception, cajolery, etc.

noun

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 con

4
1895–1900, Americanism; by shortening of confidence

Definition for conned (5 of 5)

con7
[ kon ]
/ kɒn /

verb (used with object), conned, con·ning. British Dialect.

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 con

7
1890–95; perhaps akin to French cognée hatchet, cogner to knock in, drive (a nail) home
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British Dictionary definitions for conned (1 of 8)

conn
/ (kɒn) /

verb, noun

a variant spelling (esp US) of con 4

British Dictionary definitions for conned (2 of 8)

Conn
/ (kɒn) /

noun

2nd century ad, king of Leinster and high king of Ireland

British Dictionary definitions for conned (3 of 8)

con1
/ (kɒn) informal /

noun

  1. short for confidence trick
  2. (as modifier)con man

verb cons, conning or conned

(tr) to swindle or defraud

Word Origin for con

C19: from confidence

British Dictionary definitions for conned (4 of 8)

con2
/ (kɒn) /

noun (usually plural)

an argument or vote against a proposal, motion, etc
a person who argues or votes against a proposal, motion, etc
Compare pro 1See also pros and cons

Word Origin for con

from Latin contrā against, opposed to

British Dictionary definitions for conned (5 of 8)

con3
/ (kɒn) /

noun

slang short for convict

British Dictionary definitions for conned (6 of 8)

con4

esp US conn

nautical

verb cons, conns, conning or conned

(tr) to direct the steering of (a vessel)

noun

the place where a person who cons a vessel is stationed

Word Origin for con

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

British Dictionary definitions for conned (7 of 8)

con5
/ (kɒn) /

verb cons, conning or conned

(tr) archaic to study attentively or learn (esp in the phrase con by rote)

Word Origin for con

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

British Dictionary definitions for conned (8 of 8)

con6
/ (kɒn) /

preposition

music with

Word Origin for con

Italian
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