Definition of shenanigan
1 : a devious trick used especially for an underhand purpose
2a : tricky or questionable practices or conduct —usually used in pluralb : high-spirited or mischievous activity —usually used in plural
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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
Now Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel is preparing to take his feuding shenanigans with Oscar winner Matt Damon to the next level.
Most seductive are the ribald, cartoonish, exquisitely colored paintings depicting shenanigans that frequently include women in bloomers, or less.
2:00 pm Jul. 14, 2016 With Election Day around the corner, you’re going to need a stiff drink to get through the next 36 hours or so of political shenanigans or simply channel your candidate.
There were contrived walker shenanigans, including Rick’s Tarzan routine with the hanging zombie.
Whatever the real reason, the ostensible one was based on the shenanigans of these hostile takeovers, premised in the board’s ability to judge whether a bid was underpriced.
A very brief retrospective Double Whammy (1987): Murder and shenanigans on the largemouth bass tournament trail, in an only-in-the-South satirical tale.
A white u-neck t-shirt, a gingham button-up, and a jacket that's totally inoffensive, and instantly removable, for any after-party shenanigans with that gorgeous wife of his.
A depressing trip through the transcripts of my mother-in-law's depositions and trials reveals that most of these shenanigans involve money.
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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: 1855
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