Meaning of CON in English

con 1

/kon/ , adv.

1. against a proposition, opinion, etc.: arguments pro and con.


2. the argument, position, arguer, or voter against something. Cf. pro 1 .

[ 1575-85; short for L contra in opposition, against ]

con 2

/kon/ , v.t., conned, conning .

1. to learn; study; peruse or examine carefully.

2. to commit to memory.

[ bef. 1000; ME cunnen, OE cunnan var. of CAN 1 in sense "become acquainted with, learn to know" ]

con 3

/kon/ , v. , conned, conning , n. Naut.


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


2. the station of the person who cons.

3. the act of conning.

Also, conn .

[ 1350-1400; earlier cond, apocopated var. of ME condie, condue cond ( u ) ire conducere to CONDUCT ]

con 4

/kon/ , adj., v., conned, conning , n. Informal.


1. involving abuse of confidence: a con trick.


2. to swindle; trick: That crook conned me out of all my savings.

3. to persuade by deception, cajolery, etc.


4. a confidence game or swindle.

5. a lie, exaggeration, or glib self-serving talk: He had a dozen different cons for getting out of paying traffic tickets.

[ 1895-1900, Amer.; by shortening of CONFIDENCE ]

con 5

/kon/ , n. Slang.

a convict.

[ 1715-25; by shortening ]

con 6

/kon/ , v.t., conned, conning . Brit. Dial.

1. to strike, hit, or rap (something or someone).

2. to hammer (a nail or peg).

3. to beat or thrash a person with the hands or a weapon.

[ 1890-95; perh. akin to F cognée hatchet, cogner to knock in, drive (a nail) home ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .