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skulduggery

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 play \ˌskəl-ˈdə-g(ə-)rē, ˈskəl-ˌ\

Origin of skulduggery

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1867


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