shenanigan

[ shuh-nan-i-guh n ]
/ ʃəˈnæn ɪ gən /

noun Informal.

Usually shenanigans.
  1. mischief; prankishness: Halloween shenanigans.
  2. deceit; trickery.
a mischievous or deceitful trick, practice, etc.

Nearby words

  1. shemozzle,
  2. shen congwen,
  3. shenandoah,
  4. shenandoah national park,
  5. shenandoah valley,
  6. shenanigans,
  7. shend,
  8. shensi,
  9. shenstone,
  10. shenstone, william

Origin of shenanigan

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; of obscure origin

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British Dictionary definitions for shenanigans

shenanigan

/ (ʃɪˈnænɪɡən) /

noun informal

(usually plural) roguishness; mischief
an act of treachery; deception

Word Origin for shenanigan

C19: of unknown origin

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