con artist

noun
variants: or con man or US confidence man

Definition of con artist

: a person who tricks other people in order to get their money
  • The couple lost their savings to a con artist who told them he was an investment broker.

Word by Word Definitions

con play
  1. : to commit to memory

  2. : to study or examine closely

  1. : less common spelling of conn

  2. : to conduct or direct the steering of (a vessel, such as a ship)

  1. : on the negative side : in opposition

  1. : an argument or evidence in opposition

  2. : the negative position or one holding it

  1. : confidence

  1. : swindle

  2. : manipulate

  3. : persuade, cajole

  1. : something (such as a ruse) used deceptively to gain another's confidence

  1. : convict

  1. : a destructive disease of the lungs

  1. — see com-

artist play
  1. : one skilled or versed in learned arts

  2. : physician

  3. : artisan


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