conn

[ kon ]
/ kɒn /

verb (used with object)

noun

responsibility for the steering of a ship.

Origin of conn

First recorded in 1800–10

Definition for conning (2 of 5)

con

2
[ 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 conning (3 of 5)

con

3

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 conning (4 of 5)

con

4
[ 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 conning (5 of 5)

con

7
[ 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 conning (1 of 8)

conn

/ (kɒn) /

verb, noun

a variant spelling (esp US) of con 4

British Dictionary definitions for conning (2 of 8)

Conn

/ (kɒn) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for conning (3 of 8)

con

1
/ (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 conning (4 of 8)

con

2
/ (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 conning (5 of 8)

con

3
/ (kɒn) /

noun

slang short for convict

British Dictionary definitions for conning (6 of 8)

con

4

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 conning (7 of 8)

con

5
/ (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 conning (8 of 8)

con

6
/ (kɒn) /

preposition

music with

Word Origin for con

Italian
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