- 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.
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
- 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
- Australian and NZ a catapult
Word Origin for shanghai
- 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)
"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.