Definition of hanky-panky in English:

hanky-panky

Line breaks: hanky-panky
Pronunciation: /haŋkɪˈpaŋki
 
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noun

[mass noun] informal , humorous
Behaviour, in particular sexual or legally dubious behaviour, considered improper but not seriously so: 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.
Synonyms
goings-on, funny business, mischief, misbehaviour, misconduct, chicanery, dishonesty, deception, deceit, trickery, intrigue, skulduggery, subterfuge, machinations; extramarital sex, infidelity, unfaithfulness, adultery, liaison, affair, fling
informal monkey business, shenanigans, carryings-on, carry-on, fooling around, playing around
British informal jiggery-pokery, monkey tricks
North American informal monkeyshines
formal fornication
archaic knavery

Origin

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

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