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Examples of shenanigan in a Sentence
students engaging in youthful shenanigans on the last day of school
an act of vandalism that went way beyond the usual shenanigans at summer camp
Recent Examples of shenanigan from the Web
Strawberry, an eight-time All-Star and four-time World Series champion, was asked about his mid-game shenanigans on The Dr. Oz Show.
On Tuesday night, ITV broadcasted the London Palladium event, during which Hart took advantage of her royal audience by getting Prince William to engage in some not-so-royal shenanigans.
Federal lawmakers have taken notice of drugmakers’ shenanigans, but legislation has consistently taken a back seat to other issues in Congress.
Nerdy insurance guy Ned Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky) shows up to needle old classmate Phil, and for Tree that frenemy is Danielle (Rachel Matthews), the mean-girl sorority president who gives Tree grief for her late-night drunken shenanigans.
These are some of things the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference is known for: policy talk for the black community, mixed in with big parties, behind-the-scenes shenanigans and profilin’ outfits.
What kind of adorable shenanigans would the tiniest royals get into?
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The Batang Toru population occasionally crossbred with their Sumatran cousins, but those interspecies shenanigans stopped almost completely 100,000 years ago, when an erupting volcano cut them off.
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Did You Know?
The history of shenanigan is as tricky and mischievous as its meaning. Etymologists have some theories about its origins, but no one has been able to prove them. All we can say for certain is that the earliest known use of the word in print appeared in the April 25, 1855, issue of San Francisco's Town Talk. Although the "underhanded trick" sense of the word is oldest, the most common senses in use now are "tricky or questionable practices" (as in "political shenanigans") and "high-spirited behavior" (as in "youthful shenanigans").
Origin and Etymology of shenanigan
First Known Use: 1854See Words from the same year
Synonymsdevilishness, devilment, devilry (or deviltry), diablerie, espièglerie, hob, impishness, knavery, mischievousness, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan (s), waggery, waggishness, wickedness
Related Wordsdiabolicalness, misbehavior, misconduct, naughtiness, troublemaking; buffoonery, friskiness, playfulness, sportiveness; chicanery, trickery; goings-on, hanky-panky, high jinks (also hijinks), monkey business, monkeying, monkeyshine (s), skylarking, tomfoolery; horseplay, roughhousing; antic, caper, dido, practical joke, trick; aggravation, annoyance, exasperation, irritation
Near Antonymsgravitas, gravity, seriousness, solemnity, solemnness
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