Origin of hanky-pankyaltered uncertain or unknown; perhaps after (sleight of) hand from hocus-pocus
- Devious or mischievous activity.
- Illicit sexual activity.
Origin of hanky-pankyAlteration of hokey-pokey alteration of hocus-pocus
Possibly a corruption of the Romani expression hakk'ni panki ("great trick", "big con" and hence "shady dealings").
- Alternative spelling of hanky-panky.