Shenanigan meaning

shə-nănĭ-gən
A playful or mischievous act; a prank.

We're tired of your shenanigans!

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Shenanigan is defined as mischief, trickery or naughty behavior.

When you get up to no good and get in trouble, the bad behavior is an example of a shenanigan.

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An underhanded act or deceitful remark.

Financial shenanigans brought down the brokerage.

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(uncountable) Mischievous play, especially by children.

Billy and Tom are playing noisily upstairs again. They're up to their usual shenanigans.

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(countable) A deceitful confidence trick, or mischief causing discomfort or annoyance.

You should learn to spot their shenanigans and avoid being fooled.

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(uncountable) Trickery, games; skulduggery. To "call", "claim" or "declare" shenanigans is to rhetorically label something as officially deceitful, improper, or otherwise incorrect.

"The advertisement said it would cost $50 but they charged me $75 at the register. I declare shenanigans." The speaker passes off the statement as having some sort of implied official effect, but in reality, it is simply a complaint.

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Origin of shenanigan

  • Origin unknown

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

  • Palatinate German schinägeln (“to work hard"), from the peddler's argot term Schenigelei ("work").

    From Wiktionary

  • Spanish chanada, a shortening of charranada (“trick", "deceit").

    From Wiktionary

  • French ces manigances (“these fraudulent schemes").

    From Wiktionary

  • Irish sionnachuighim (“I play the fox").

    From Wiktionary