Definition of shenanigans in English:


Line breaks: she¦nan|igans
Pronunciation: /ʃɪˈnanɪɡ(ə)nz


1Secret or dishonest activity or manoeuvring: the chairman was accused of financial shenanigans
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  • These shenanigans were kept secret, and were only revealed after council appointed a judge to investigate.
  • So you had these excesses of deception and shenanigans and cheating.
  • The financial shenanigans will only add to their existing concerns.
1.1Silly or high-spirited behaviour; mischief.
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  • Last month's conference in Dublin was accompanied by the kind of practical jokes and shenanigans that would disgrace a stag party.
  • Which probably makes him the ideal person to hold forth on royal shenanigans: who better than a clown to discuss a joke?
  • Back in the bar it was shenanigans as usual, noisy and a lot of fun goings-on.


mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

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