hanky–panky

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noun han·ky–pan·ky \ˌhaŋ-kē-ˈpaŋ-kē\

Definition of hanky–panky

  1. 1 :  questionable or underhanded activity

  2. 2 :  sexual dalliance

Origin and Etymology of hanky–panky

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1841


HANKY–PANKY Defined for English Language Learners

hanky–panky

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noun han·ky–pan·ky \ˌhaŋ-kē-ˈpaŋ-kē\

Definition of hanky–panky for English Language Learners

  • : sexual activity

  • : dishonest or suspicious activity


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