- against a proposition, opinion, etc.: arguments pro and con.
- the argument, position, arguer, or voter against something.
Origin of con1
- 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
- a convention, especially one for fans of a particular type of popular culture: sci-fi, gaming, and anime cons.
Origin of con5
- a convict.
Origin of con6
- 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
- (in prescriptions) conserve; keep.
Origin of cons.1
Examples from the Web for cons
The industry lore is downright jaw-dropping in the details of the cons known as “brick-in-box” returns.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
Sold mostly at gas stations and smoke shops, it cons users into thinking its legal—and, inevitably then, safe.How Pfizer Helped Make ‘Spice,’ The Deadly Fake Pot
May 17, 2014
Cons: Remembering what happened last time you impulsively embarked on a new fitness venture.
Cons: Once the Internet goes down, you are T-minus 10 minutes from madness.
Cons: You have absolutely no idea how awful things are going to be.
I must have been a bad example to other "cons," for they began to get as tired as myself.The Autobiography of a Thief
With his wife by his side, Miguel cons his occasional despatches.The Little Lady of Lagunitas
Richard Henry Savage
In this train of mind he cons his first lessons of liberty and independence.Thoughts on Man
Of the cons were all of the fighting generals of the fighting corps, save the 1st.The Battle of Gettysburg
Frank Aretas Haskell
Still further it should be noted that the same author in cons.The Old Yellow Book
- 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 cons
"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.