or scull·dug·ger·y



noun, plural skul·dug·ger·ies.
  1. dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery: bribery, graft, and other such skulduggery.
  2. 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 < ? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sculduggery

Historical Examples of 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


US skullduggery

  1. informal underhand dealing; trickery

Word Origin for skulduggery

C19: altered from earlier Scot sculduddery; of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for sculduggery



1856, apparently an alteration of Scottish sculdudrie "adultery" (1713), sculduddery "bawdry, obscenity" (1821), a euphemism of uncertain origin.

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