- Usually shenanigans.
- mischief; prankishness: Halloween shenanigans.
- deceit; trickery.
- a mischievous or deceitful trick, practice, etc.
Origin of shenanigan
Related Words for shenaniganhorseplay, gag, escapade, antic, misbehavior, transgression, wrongdoing, misconduct, prank, caper, shine, play, frolic, shenanigans, joke, hotfoot, fancy, levity, trick, whim
Examples from the Web for shenanigan
Historical Examples of shenanigan
- (usually plural) roguishness; mischief
- an act of treachery; deception
Word Origin for shenanigan
1855, of uncertain origin. Earliest records of it are in San Francisco and Sacramento, California, U.S. Suggestions include Spanish chanada, a shortened form of charranada "trick, deceit;" or, less likely, German Schenigelei, peddler's argot for "work, craft," or the related German slang verb schinäglen. Another guess centers on Irish sionnach "fox."