- dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery: bribery, graft, and other such skulduggery.
- an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; trick.
Origin of skulduggery
Examples from the Web for skullduggery
But the hyperactive Sarkozy is hypersensitive to these oft-repeated allegations of skullduggery.A Wrench in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn Conspiracy Theory
April 29, 2012
"Very likely he's up to some skullduggery, sir," Matt opined.Cappy Ricks
Peter B. Kyne
After a little conversation to assure themselves that there was no skullduggery afoot, the truckers consented.The Knack of Managing
Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
He would be cagey enough to stay ignorant of any overt strife or any other skullduggery that could be laid at his door.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
We utilize persuasion, skullduggery, and even force to subvert their institutions, to destroy their present culture.Black Man's Burden
Dallas McCord Reynolds
- informal underhand dealing; trickery
Word Origin and History for skullduggery
1856, apparently an alteration of Scottish sculdudrie "adultery" (1713), sculduddery "bawdry, obscenity" (1821), a euphemism of uncertain origin.