Definition of hanky-panky in English:


Syllabification: han·ky-pan·ky
Pronunciation: /ˌhaNGkēˈpaNGkē


informal humorous
Behavior, in particular sexual or legally dubious behavior, considered improper but not seriously so: there’s no hanky-panky involved, no dating of customers suspicions of financial hanky-panky
More example sentences
  • Catching the spirit of the movie, we want to believe that you and the young cast indulged in all sorts of fantastic sexual hanky-panky.
  • How come the same people who call same-sex marriage immoral are so often up to their necks in heterosexual hanky-panky?
  • Which only goes to show that there's nothing better than a bit of sexual hanky-panky to divert the public from more serious matters.
misbehavior, naughtiness, infidelity, unfaithfulness, adultery, philandering, fooling around; funny business, mischief, goings-on, misconduct, chicanery, dishonesty, deception, deceit, trickery, intrigue, skulduggery, subterfuge, machinations
informal monkey business, shenanigans, carryings-on, dirty weekend


mid 19th century: perhaps an alteration of hokey-pokey.

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