Definition of Shenanigan

1. Noun. Reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others.




2. Noun. The use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them).
Exact synonyms: Chicane, Chicanery, Guile, Trickery, Wile
Generic synonyms: Deceit, Deception, Dissembling, Dissimulation
Specialized synonyms: Dupery, Fraud, Fraudulence, Hoax, Humbug, Put-on, Jugglery
Derivative terms: Chicane, Chicane, Trick, Wily

Definition of Shenanigan

1. Noun. Trickery, games; skulduggery. To "call", "claim" or "declare" shenanigans is to rhetorically label something as officially deceitful, improper, or otherwise incorrect. ¹

2. Noun. A deceitful confidence trick, or mischief causing discomfort or annoyance. ¹

3. Noun. Mischievous play, especially by children. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Shenanigan

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shenanigan

shelvier
shelviest
shelving
shelvings
shelvy
shemagh
shemaghs
shemales
shemozzle
shemozzled
shemozzles
shemozzling
shenai
shenais
shenanigan (current term)
shenanigans
shend
shende
shending
shends
shendship
sheng
shengs
shent
shentleman
shentlemen
sheol
sheols
sheople

Literary usage of Shenanigan

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1. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"shenanigan (American), humbug, deceit. Jim took his bill, two days' board, $3.62, and eyeing the puzzled landlord as though he suspected some shenanigan, ..."

2. The Standard Dictionary of Facts: History, Language, Literature, Biography edited by Henry Woldmar Ruoff (1908)
"shenanigan. None of your shenanigan [cheating or fooling]. Ship-shape. And Bristol fashion means in good shape. Short. On the Stock Exchange, means that you ..."

3. Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases Usually Regarded by John Russell Bartlett (1877)
"See shenanigan. Horse-Rake. A rake worked by home-power, now in general use, especially where mowing-machines are used. House-Raising. ..."

4. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings ... Annual Forum by National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association, Conference of Charities (U.S., Conference of Charities (U.S.), National Conference of Social Work (U.S. (1920)
"Shubert are not disposed to tolerate shenanigan from the A campaign of letters to the press vigorously protesting vicious innovations in the realm of ..."

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