shanghai

[ shang-hahy, shang-hahy ]
/ ˈʃæŋ haɪ, ʃæŋˈhaɪ /

verb (used with object), shang·haied, shang·hai·ing. Nautical.

to enroll or obtain (a sailor) for the crew of a ship by unscrupulous means, as by force or the use of liquor or drugs.

Nearby words

  1. shandygaff,
  2. shane,
  3. shang,
  4. shang ti,
  5. shangaan,
  6. shango,
  7. shangqiu,
  8. shangri la,
  9. shangri-la,
  10. shanhaiguan

Origin of shanghai

First recorded in 1855–60; after Shanghai

Can be confusedhijack kidnap shanghai skyjack

Shanghai

[ shang-hahy; Chinese shahng-hahy ]
/ ʃæŋˈhaɪ; Chinese ˈʃɑŋˈhaɪ /

noun

Pinyin, Wade-Giles. a seaport and municipality in E China, near the mouth of the Chang Jiang.
a type of long-legged chicken believed to be of Asian origin.
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British Dictionary definitions for shanghai

shanghai

/ (ˈʃæŋhaɪ, ʃæŋˈhaɪ) slang /

verb -hais, -haiing or -haied (tr)

to kidnap (a man or seaman) for enforced service at sea, esp on a merchant ship
to force or trick (someone) into doing something, going somewhere, etc
Australian and NZ to shoot with a catapult

noun

Australian and NZ a catapult

Word Origin for shanghai

C19: from the city of Shanghai; from the forceful methods formerly used to collect crews for voyages to the Orient

Shanghai

/ (ˈʃæŋˈhaɪ) /

noun

a port in E China, capital of Shanghai municipality (traditionally in SE Jiangsu) near the estuary of the Yangtze: the largest city in China and one of the largest ports in the world; a major cultural and industrial centre, with many universities. Pop: 12 665 000 (2005 est)
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Word Origin and History for shanghai
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Culture definitions for shanghai

Shanghai

Largest city in China, located in the eastern part of the country on the Pacific Ocean.

Note

Shanghai is the most populous city in Asia.

Note

It is one of the world's great seaports.

Note

Opened to foreign trade by the Treaty of Nanking in 1842, Shanghai became a treaty port administered by Britain, the United States, and France until World War II.

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