- The definition of a con is a disadvantage, a negative reason or a scam designed to trick or defraud someone.
- An example of a con, or disadvantage, of buying an expensive item is the high price.
- A plan to swindle an old widow out of her money is an example of a con.
- To con is to trick someone, or use deception to defraud or lie to someone.
When you lie to someone to get something you want from him, this is an example of a situation where you con him.
Origin of concontr. ; from Classical Latin contra, against
Origin of conMiddle English connen, to be able ; from Old English cunnan: see can
- to swindle (a victim) by first gaining the person's confidence
- to trick or fool, esp. by glib persuasion
- Latin conjunx (wife)
- Con. consul
or conn Nautical
transitive verbconned, con·ning, cons or conns
- The area or structure on a vessel from which the vessel is conned.
- The position or authority of the officer conning a vessel.
Origin of conFrom cond, from Middle English conduen, from Old French conduire, from Latin cond&umacron;cere, to lead together; see conduce.
transitive verbconned, con·ning, cons
Origin of conShort for confidence.
- An argument or opinion against something.
- One who holds an opposing opinion or view.
Origin of conShort for contra.
transitive verbconned, con·ning, cons Archaic
- To study, peruse, or examine carefully.
- To learn or commit to memory.
Origin of conMiddle English connen, to know, from Old English cunnan; see gn&omacron;- in Indo-European roots.