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skulduggery

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noun skul·dug·gery \ˌskəl-ˈdə-g(ə-)rē, ˈskəl-ˌ\

Simple Definition of skulduggery

  • : secret or dishonest behavior or activity

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of skulduggery

plural

skulduggeries

  1. :  underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; also :  a devious device or trick

Examples of skulduggery in a sentence

  1. tales of espionage and skulduggery

  2. <the company's apparently healthy bottom line was merely an illusion, the result of years of accounting skulduggery>



Did You Know?

Skulduggery, which can also be spelled "skullduggery," was first documented in the mid-19th century spelled as "scull-duggery." Etymologists aren't sure exactly how the word arrived in English, but they do not believe it has anything to do with skulls. It is possibly derived from the now-very-rare "sculduddery," a term once used to refer to gross or lewd conduct, but unfortunately the origins of that word are also unknown.

Variants of skulduggery

or

skullduggery

Origin and Etymology of skulduggery

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1867


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