- Usually shenanigans.
- mischief; prankishness: Halloween shenanigans.
- deceit; trickery.
- a mischievous or deceitful trick, practice, etc.
Origin of shenanigan
Examples from the Web for shenanigans
But how do these trends, gimmicks, and shenanigans affect the story of Easter?Can’t Fill the House On Easter? Try Handing Out Gadgets
Matthew Paul Turner
April 20, 2014
I imagine with James Caan around there were plenty of shenanigans on set.Robert Duvall on His Storied Career, His New Movie, and Why He’s Ditching the GOP
March 13, 2014
The shenanigans of Intimacy will shake any jaded theater fan from nudity ennui.New York’s Naughtiest Show (Maybe Avoid the Front Row)
January 18, 2014
By December 11th, they were faced with the option of choosing which side's shenanigans to ratify.What if the Supreme Court Had Turned Down Bush v. Gore? (Redux)
April 30, 2013
You can do all the shenanigans you want, but what does it gain you?Florida’s Messy Democracy
November 8, 2012
We played luck too; we never had no shenanigans, a-stealin' a man's money.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves.
Work Projects Administration
Your shenanigans probably chipped a little off the price I had to pay, so I ought to be grateful to you.Murder in the Gunroom
Henry Beam Piper
And with such a sign to go by, there must've been shenanigans goin' on to make things go wrong!Attention Saint Patrick
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
- (usually plural) roguishness; mischief
- an act of treachery; deception
Word Origin and History for shenanigans
1855, of uncertain origin. Earliest records of it are in San Francisco and Sacramento, California, U.S. Suggestions include Spanish chanada, a shortened form of charranada "trick, deceit;" or, less likely, German Schenigelei, peddler's argot for "work, craft," or the related German slang verb schinäglen. Another guess centers on Irish sionnach "fox."