verb (used with object), shang·haied, shang·hai·ing. Nautical.
Origin of shanghai
Examples from the Web for shanghaied
Historical Examples of shanghaied
When one is shanghaied, however,—in the hands of buccaneers,—it is too late to withdraw.A Far Country, Complete
The young writer here mentioned has been doped and shanghaied.The Fiction Factory
John Milton Edwards
More than one negro had been shanghaied in that way and smuggled off to sea.Kennedy Square
F. Hopkinson Smith
It wouldn't do some of you people a bit of harm if you were shanghaied yourselves.Moran of the Lady Letty
From the other sailors aboard he learned that he was not the only member of the crew who had been shanghaied.The Mucker
Edgar Rice Burroughs
verb -hais, -haiing or -haied (tr)
Word Origin for shanghai
"to drug a man unconscious and ship him as a sailor," 1854, American English, from the practice of kidnapping to fill the crews of ships making extended voyages, such as to the Chinese seaport of Shanghai.
Chinese seaport, literally "by the sea," from Shang "on, above" + hai "sea." In 19c., a long-legged breed of hens, supposed to have come from there; hence U.S. slang senses relating to long, tall persons or things.