One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A swindler, a cheat, a trickster; a perpetrator of confidence tricks; a deceiver. Also figurative. Now archaic or historical.
2A person (occasionally also a trap or a dog) that catches rabbits. Compare "rabbit catcher". Now regional or historical.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Greene (bap. 1558, d. 1592), writer and playwright. From coney + catcher.
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