hanky-panky

noun
han·​ky-pan·​ky | \ ˌhaŋ-kē-ˈpaŋ-kē How to pronounce hanky-panky (audio) \

Definition of hanky-panky

1 : questionable or underhanded activity
2 : sexual dalliance

First Known Use of hanky-panky

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hanky-panky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hanky-panky. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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hanky-panky

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English Language Learners Definition of hanky-panky

informal
: sexual activity
: dishonest or suspicious activity

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