sculduggery

or scull·dug·ger·y

[ skuhl-duhg-uh-ree ]
/ skʌlˈdʌg ə ri /

noun

Definition for sculduggery (2 of 2)

skulduggery

[ skuhl-duhg-uh-ree ]
/ skʌlˈdʌg ə ri /

noun, plural skul·dug·ger·ies.

dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery: bribery, graft, and other such skulduggery.
an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; trick.
Also skull·dug·ger·y. Sometimes scul·dug·ger·y, scull·dug·ger·y.

Origin of skulduggery

1705–15, Americanism; variant of sculduddery, orig. Scots: fornication, obscenity < ?
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Examples from the Web for sculduggery

  • If you put over any of your sculduggery on us, he'll wipe you off the map no matter in what lonesome hole you hide.

    Steve Yeager|William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for sculduggery

skulduggery

US skullduggery

/ (skʌlˈdʌɡərɪ) /

noun

informal underhand dealing; trickery

Word Origin for skulduggery

C19: altered from earlier Scot sculduddery; of obscure origin
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