con Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun an argument opposed to a proposal
noun a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
inmate; convict; yard bird; yardbird.
noun a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
bunko; bunco game; bunko game; sting; flimflam; con game; confidence game; gyp; bunco; hustle; confidence trick.
verb deprive of by deceit
rook; scam; gip; nobble; goldbrick; short-change; mulct; gyp; bunco; victimize; hornswoggle; diddle; defraud; swindle.
- 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
verb commit to memory; learn by heart
learn; memorise; memorize.
- Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?
adverb in opposition to a proposition, opinion, etc.
- much was written pro and con
- (). A prefix, fr. L. cum, signifying with, together, etc. See Com-.
EtymologyAbbrev. from L.
Against the affirmative side; in opposition; on the negative side; -- The antithesis of pro, and usually in connection with it. See Pro.
Con transitive verb
To know; to understand; to acknowledge.Obs.
Of muses, Hobbinol, I con no skill. Spenser.
They say they con to heaven the highway. Spenser.
To study in order to know; to peruse; to learn; to commit to memory; to regard studiously.
Fixedly did look Upon the muddy waters which he conned As if he had been reading in a book. Wodsworth.
I did not come into Parliament to con my lesson. Burke.Shak.
Con transitive verb
(Naut.) To conduct, or superintend the steering of (a vessel); to watch the course of (a vessel) and direct the helmsman how to steer.
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