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shenanigans

noun

  1. (misbehavior)  a reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
    Synonyms: devilment, devilry, deviltry, mischief, mischief-making, mischievousness, rascality,...
  2. (deception)  the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
    Synonyms: chicane, chicanery, dodgery [Britain], guile, trickery, wile. Type of: deception

Etymology summary

of uncertain origin. Earliest records of it are in San Francisco and Sacramento,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

shenanigans | shenanigan | roguishness [synonym, sense-specific] | trickery [synonym, sense-specific] | mischief [synonym, sense-specific] | deception [synonym, sense-specific]

[informal] roguishness; mischief; trickery | [plural] roguishness; mischief | an act of treachery; deception (12 of 388 words, 3 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/shenanigans

shenanigan | roguishness [synonym, sense-specific] | deception [synonym, sense-specific] | mischief [synonym, sense-specific]

[plural] roguishness; mischief | an act of treachery; deception (8 of 214 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/shenanigan

Merriam-Webster:

shenanigan | shenanigans [plural] | clownery [sense-specific] | clowning [sense-specific] | high jinks [sense-specific] | horsing around [sense-specific] | monkeying [sense-specific] | roughhouse [sense-specific] | slapstick [sense-specific]

a devious trick used especially for an underhand purpose | "shenanigans": tricky or questionable practices or conduct ; "shenanigans": high-spirited ... (19 of 139 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Shenanigans [disambiguation] | Shenanigan

may refer to: Shenanigans (television), a 1964-65 children's television game show | Shenanigans (EP), a 1995 EP by the American punk rock band Squirtgun | Shenanigans (album), a 2002 compilation album by Green Day | Shenanigans (horse), an American ... (36 of 121 words, 7 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

shenanigan | shenanigans [plural]

Trickery, games; skulduggery. To "call", "claim" or "declare" shenanigans is to rhetorically label something as officially deceitful, improper, or otherwise incorrect. | A deceitful confidence trick, or mischief causing discomfort or annoyance. | ... (31 of 85 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/shenanigan

Oxford Dictionary:

shenanigans

Syllabification: (she·nan·i·gans) | [informal] | secret or dishonest activity or maneuvering | silly or high-spirited behavior; mischief. (14 of 47 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/shenanigans

shenanigans [informal]

secret or dishonest activity or manoeuvring | silly or high-spirited behaviour; mischief. (11 of 42 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/shenanigans

Macmillan British Dictionary:

shenanigans [plural, informal]

silly, dishonest, or immoral behaviour (5 of 30 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/shenanigans

Cambridge Dictionary:

shenanigans [informal, disapproving]

secret or dishonest activities, usually of a complicated and humorous or interesting type (13 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/shenanigans

Random House Dictionary:

shenanigan [informal] | shenanigans [sense-specific] | deceit [synonym, sense-specific] | trickery [synonym, sense-specific]

mischief; prankishness. ; deceit; trickery. | a mischievous or deceitful trick, practice, etc. (12 of 25 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/shenanigan

American Heritage Dictionary:

shenanigan

A deceitful trick; an underhanded act. | Remarks intended to deceive; deceit. Often used in the plural. | A playful or mischievous act; a prank. | ... (23 of 38 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

shenanigan [United States]

nonsense; trickery; mischief | : usually used in plural ; a treacherous or deceitful trick ; a playful or mischievous trick (20 of 32 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

shenanigan | shenanigans [plural]

something that is deceitful, underhanded, or otherwise questionable (usually used in the plural) | a playful trick, mischievous prank, or other ... (20 of 47 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861733086​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

shenanigans

First use: 1855

Origin: of uncertain origin. Earliest records of it are in San Francisco and Sacramento, California, United States Suggestions include Spanish chanada, ... (21 of 52 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=shenanigans

Collins Dictionary:

shenanigans | shenanigan

First use: 19th century

Origin: of unknown origin

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/shenanigans

Oxford Dictionary:

shenanigans

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: unknown

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/shenanigans

New World Dictionary:

shenanigan [United States]

Origin: altered from perhaps Irish sionnachuighim, I play the fox

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/shenanigan

Wiktionary:

shenanigan | shenanigans [plural]

Origin: Of uncertain origin. These possibilities have been suggested

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/shenanigan

Merriam-Webster:

shenanigan

First use: 1855

Origin: unknown

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/shenanigan

American Heritage Dictionary:

Audio references

Wiktionary:

shenanigan | shenanigans [plural]

Audio: "Shenanigan us"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

shenanigans [plural, informal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "shenanigans"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

shenanigans [plural, informal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "shenanigans"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

shenanigans [informal, disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "shenanigans"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "shenanigans"

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the Free Dictionary:

shenanigans

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "shenanigans"

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shenanigan

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Google Dictionary:

shenanigans

Audio: English pronunciation of "shenanigans"

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Collins Dictionary:

shenanigan

Audio: British English pronunciation of "shenanigan"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

shenanigan

Audio: North American pronunciation of "shenanigan"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=shenan​01 word=shenanigan

YourDictionary Audio:

shenanigan

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "shenanigan" by speech synthesizer

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