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.
goings-on, funny business, mischief, misbehaviour, misconduct, chicanery, dishonesty, deception, deceit, trickery, intrigue, skulduggery, subterfuge, machinations;
North American informal monkeyshines
mid 19th century: perhaps an alteration of hokey-pokey.