verb fi·na·gle \fə-ˈnā-gəl\

: to get (something) in a clever or dishonest way

: to trick (someone) in order to get something

fi·na·gledfi·na·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of FINAGLE

transitive verb
:  to obtain by indirect or involved means <finagle a ride home>
:  to obtain by trickery <finagled his way into the concert>
intransitive verb
:  to use devious or dishonest methods to achieve one's ends
fi·na·gler \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of FINAGLE

  1. A con man finagled my neighbor out of four hundred dollars.
  2. <let me look at my schedule and see if I can't finagle a visit to the museum>

Origin of FINAGLE

perhaps alteration of fainaigue to renege
First Known Use: circa 1924


Next Word in the Dictionary: final (adjective)Previous Word in the Dictionary: finableAll Words Near: finagle
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears