Finagle Definition

finagled, finagles, finagling
finagled, finagles, finagling
To use craftiness, trickery, etc.
Webster's New World
To get, arrange, or maneuver by cleverness, persuasion, etc., or esp. by craftiness, trickery, etc.
Webster's New World
To obtain or achieve by cleverness or deceit, especially in persuading someone.
Finagle a day off from work; finagled a reservation at the popular restaurant.
American Heritage
To cheat; swindle.
Shady stockbrokers who finagle their clients out of fortunes.
American Heritage
To use clever or deceitful means to obtain or achieve something.
American Heritage

Origin of Finagle

  • Americanism from the 1920s, perhaps combining an alteration of fainaigue (“to renege”) with the suffix +‎ -le (“frequentive”); compare haggle.

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably from dialectal fainaigue to cheat

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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