Origin of shanghaiafter Shanghai
transitive verb-·haied·, -·hai·ing
Origin of shanghaiorig. said of sailors thus kidnapped for crew duty on the China run to kidnap, usually by drugging, for service aboard ship
- Slang to forcibly or deceitfully induce (another) to do something
transitive verbshang·haied, shang·hai·ing, shang·hais
- To kidnap (a man) for compulsory service aboard a ship, especially after drugging him.
- To induce or compel (someone) to do something, especially by fraud or force: We were shanghaied into buying worthless securities.
Origin of shanghaiAfter Shanghai 1 from the former custom of kidnapping sailors to man ships going to China
Origin of ShanghaiAfter Shanghai 1
(third-person singular simple present shanghais, present participle shanghaiing, simple past and past participle shanghaied)
- (Australia, New Zealand) A slingshot.
From Mandarin ä¸Šæµ· (ShÃ nghÇŽi), with reference to the former practice of forcibly crewing ships heading for the Orient.
- A port city in China.
- A type of long-legged chicken believed to be of Asian origin.
From Mandarin ä¸Šæµ· (ShÃ nghÇŽi).