Definitions for CONkɒn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. against a proposition, opinion, etc.:

    arguments pro and con.

  2. (n.)the argument, position, arguer, or voter against something.

    Ref: Compare pro1. 1 1

Origin of con:

1575–85; short for L contrā in opposition

conkɒn(v.t.)conned, con•ning.

  1. to peruse or examine carefully; study.

  2. to commit to memory; learn.

Origin of con:

bef. 1000; ME cunnen, OE cunnan, var. of can1 in sense “become acquainted with”

conkɒn(v.; n.)conned, con•ning

or conn 1

  1. (v.t.)to direct the steering of (a ship).

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. (n.)the station of the person who cons a ship.

    Category: Nautical, Navy, Building Trades

Origin of con:

1350–1400; earlier cond, apocopated var. of ME condie, condue < MF cond(u)ire < L condūcere to conduct

conkɒn(adj.; v.; n.)conned, con•ning

  1. (adj.)involving abuse of confidence; deceitfully manipulative:

    a con trick.

    Category: Informal

  2. (v.t.)to swindle; trick.

    Category: Informal

  3. to persuade by deception, cajolery, etc.

    Category: Informal

  4. (n.)a confidence game or swindle.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  5. a lie, exaggeration, or glib self-serving talk.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

Origin of con:

1895–1900, Amer.; by shortening of confidence


  1. Informal. a convict.

    Category: Status (usage)

Origin of con:

1715–25; by shortening


  1. Category: Affix

    Ref: var. of com- 2 before a consonant (except b, h, l, p, r): convene; condone; connection.

Origin of con-:

< L


  1. Consul.

    Category: Titles, Associations, Organizations


  1. concerto.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. conclusion.

  3. connection.

  4. consolidated.

  5. consul.

  6. continued.

  7. against.

Origin of con.:

< L contrā

Princeton's WordNet

  1. con(noun)

    an argument opposed to a proposal

  2. convict, con, inmate, yard bird, yardbird(noun)

    a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison

  3. bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, confidence trick, confidence game, con game, gyp, hustle, sting, flimflam(verb)

    a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property

  4. victimize, swindle, rook, goldbrick, nobble, diddle, bunco, defraud, scam, mulct, gyp, gip, hornswoggle, short-change, con(verb)

    deprive of by deceit

    "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change"

  5. memorize, memorise, con, learn(adverb)

    commit to memory; learn by heart

    "Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?"

  6. con(adverb)

    in opposition to a proposition, opinion, etc.

    "much was written pro and con"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. con(noun)ɒn

    a trick to get money from sb

  2. con(verb)ɒn

    to use tricks to get money from sb

    He conned her out of $5,000.


  1. Con(ProperNoun)

    A male given name, a diminutive form of Conor or Cornelius.

  2. Origin: Shortened from convict.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Con(adverb)

    against the affirmative side; in opposition; on the negative side; -- The antithesis of pro, and usually in connection with it. See Pro

  2. Con(verb)

    to know; to understand; to acknowledge

  3. Con(verb)

    to study in order to know; to peruse; to learn; to commit to memory; to regard studiously

  4. Con(verb)

    to conduct, or superintend the steering of (a vessel); to watch the course of (a vessel) and direct the helmsman how to steer


  1. Con

    Con is a television series on Comedy Central in which con artist Skyler Stone revealed the secrets of his profession by performing confidence tricks, scams, and hoaxes of various degrees of complexity on camera. These could range from simply claiming that an order for food was botched, to claiming to be a certain profession, which required training. In one episode Stone showed how he received free soft drinks at fast food restaurants by retaining paper cups from various fast food restaurants and then refilling them at soda fountains. Most of his cons revolved around him claiming that he is filming a television show or movie of some sort, and that the product or service he wished to acquire would be advertised in the film or show. The products did wind up getting free advertisement – but on Con, not where they were told.

Anagrams of CON

  1. NOC

  2. NCO

Translations for CON

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a dishonest trick.

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