[ fi-ney-guhl ]
See synonyms for: finaglefinagling on

verb (used with object),fi·na·gled, fi·na·gling.
  1. to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person) (often followed by out of): He finagled the backers out of a fortune.

  2. to get or achieve (something) by guile, trickery, or manipulation: to finagle an assignment to the Membership Committee.

verb (used without object),fi·na·gled, fi·na·gling.
  1. to practice deception or fraud; scheme.

Origin of finagle

An Americanism first recorded in 1925–30; finaig- (variant of fainaigue) + -le
  • Sometimes fe·na·gle .

Other words from finagle

  • fi·na·gler, noun

Words Nearby finagle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use finagle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for finagle


/ (fɪˈneɪɡəl) /

  1. (tr) to get or achieve by trickery, craftiness, or persuasion; wangle

  2. to use trickery or craftiness on (a person)

Origin of finagle

C20: probably changed from dialect fainaigue

Derived forms of finagle

  • finagler, noun

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