Simple Definition of skulduggery
: secret or dishonest behavior or activity
Full Definition of skulduggeryplural
: underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; also : a devious device or trick
Examples of skulduggery in a sentence
tales of espionage and skulduggery
<the company's apparently healthy bottom line was merely an illusion, the result of years of accounting skulduggery>
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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.
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Origin and Etymology of skulduggery
First Known Use: 1867
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