con ( cons plural & 3rd person present) ( conning present participle) ( conned past tense & past participle )
1 verb If someone cons you, they persuade you to do something or believe something by telling you things that are not true.
He claimed that the businessman had conned him of £10,000... V n of/out of/into n/-ing
White conned his way into a job as a warehouseman with Dutch airline, KLM... V way into n
The British motorist has been conned by the government. be V-ed, Also V n
2 n-count A con is a trick in which someone deceives you by telling you something that is not true.
INFORMAL Slimming snacks that offer miraculous weight loss are a con...
3 n-count A con is the same as a convict.
mod cons →
pros and cons →
Air-con is the same as air conditioning.
The bus is a 45-seater with air-con and videos.
chilli con carne
Chilli con carne is a dish made from minced meat, vegetables, and powdered or fresh chillies. n-uncount
1 n-title Con is the written abbreviation for constable, when it is part of a policeman's title.
...Det Con Terence Woodwiss.
2 Con is the written abbreviation for Conservative.
...Philip Goodhart MP for Beckenham (Con).
con artist ( con artists plural ) A con artist is someone who tricks other people into giving them their money or property. n-count
con man ( con men plural ) , conman A con man is a man who persuades people to give him their money or property by lying to them. n-count
A few years ago she was the victim of a con man.