• Con

    Pronunciation

    • UK IPA: /kɒn/
    • US IPA: /kɑn/
    • Rhymes: -ɒn

    Origin 1

    From Middle English connen, from Old English cunnan ("to know, know how"). More at can.

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    Verb

    1. (rare) To study, especially in order to gain knowledge of.
      • WordsworthFixedly did look
        Upon the muddy waters which he conned
        As if he had been reading in a book.
      • BurkeI did not come into Parliament to con my lesson.
      • 1963, D'Arcy Niland, Dadda jumped over two elephants: short stories:The hawk rested on a crag of the gorge and conned the terrain with a fierce and frowning eye.''
    2. (rare, archaic) To know, understand, acknowledge.
    3. Variant spelling of conn: to conduct the movements of a ship at sea.

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    Origin 2

    Abbreviation of Latin contra ("against").

    Noun

    con

    (plural cons)
    1. A disadvantage of something, especially when contrasted with its advantages (pros).pros and cons

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    Origin 3

    Shortened from convict.

    Noun

    con

    (plural cons)
    1. (slang) A convicted criminal, a convict.

    Origin 4

    From con trick, shortened from confidence trick.

    Noun

    con

    (plural cons)
    1. (slang) A fraud; something carried out with the intention of deceiving, usually for personal, often illegal, gain.

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    Verb

    1. (transitive, slang) To trick or defraud, usually for personal gain.

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    terms derived from "con" (swindle)

    Origin 5

    From earlier cond, from Middle English conduen, from Old French conduire, from Latin condūcere, present active infinitive of condūcō ("draw together; conduct").

    Verb

    1. (nautical) To give the necessary orders to the helmsman to steer a ship in the required direction through a channel etc. (rather than steer a compass direction)

    Noun

    con

    (uncountable)
    1. (nautical) The navigational direction of a ship

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    terms derived from "con" (navigation)

    Origin 6

    or conference.

    Noun

    con

    (plural cons)
    1. An organized gathering such as a convention or conference.

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