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shenanigan

[shuh-nan-i-guh n] /ʃəˈnæn ɪ gən/
noun, Informal.
1.
Usually, shenanigans.
  1. mischief; prankishness:
    Halloween shenanigans.
  2. deceit; trickery.
2.
a mischievous or deceitful trick, practice, etc.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; of obscure origin
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  • We have, however, long protested about his second failing: his financial shenanigans.
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British Dictionary definitions for shenanigans

shenanigan

/ʃɪˈnænɪɡən/
noun (informal)
1.
(usually pl) roguishness; mischief
2.
an act of treachery; deception
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for shenanigans
n.

see shenanigan.

shenanigan

n.

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."

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Slang definitions & phrases for shenanigans

shenanigan

noun

A trick or bit of foolery; a mild cheat or deception

[1855+; origin unknown; perhaps fr Irish sionnachuighim, ''play tricks, be foxy'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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