Definition of skulduggery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌskəlˈdəɡ(ə)rē/
(also skullduggery)


Underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; trickery: a firm that investigates commercial skulduggery
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  • It sounds dull but it this sort of underhand skullduggery that bloggers should be uncovering.
  • What the Sligo County Board have done is to engage in a low, mean-spirited, under-hand piece of skulduggery.
  • Do note, however, the snide tone of the remark, and the imputation of dishonesty and skullduggery among scientists.


Mid 19th century: alteration of Scots sculduddery, of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with skulduggery

snuggery, thuggery

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Syllabification: skul·dug·ger·y

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