skullduggery

[skuhl-duhg-uh-ree]

noun, plural skull·dug·ger·ies.


Nearby words

  1. skull,
  2. skull and crossbones,
  3. skull session,
  4. skull-cap,
  5. skullcap,
  6. skunk,
  7. skunk cabbage,
  8. skunk river,
  9. skunk works,
  10. skunkweed

skulduggery

[skuhl-duhg-uh-ree]

noun, plural skul·dug·ger·ies.

dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery: bribery, graft, and other such skulduggery.
an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; trick.
Also skull·dug·ger·y. Sometimes scul·dug·ger·y, scull·dug·ger·y.

Origin of skulduggery

1705–15, Americanism; variant of sculduddery, orig. Scots: fornication, obscenity < ?

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British Dictionary definitions for skullduggery

skulduggery

US skullduggery

noun

informal underhand dealing; trickery

Word Origin for skulduggery

C19: altered from earlier Scot sculduddery; of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for skullduggery

skulduggery

n.

1856, apparently an alteration of Scottish sculdudrie "adultery" (1713), sculduddery "bawdry, obscenity" (1821), a euphemism of uncertain origin.

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