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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
People in the venture world spoke fondly about the early shenanigans at big companies.
Generators were installed to guard against shenanigans during power failures.
The Washington Post tells us that there are some Stakhovite shenanigans going on at the obscure little EPA Museum.
Congress is organized under parliamentary rules, and where there are such rules there always will be procedural shenanigans.
Alone, that brief journey isn’t nearly memorable enough to deserve an entire coaster experience, but perhaps the addition of the time travel shenanigans before and after said excursion could offer some justification.
Sick with the flu and at her wits end over Singer’s aforementioned room shenanigans, Frankel threw a lot of insults Singer’s way.
There are absolutely no time travel shenanigans in Reeves' Ape trilogy, nor much of a chance for humans and apes to meet as equals.
These giants hath not time for your semantic shenanigans.
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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: 1855See 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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