Thesaurus

shenanigan

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of shenanigan

1 usually shenanigans plural playful, reckless behavior that is not intended to cause serious harm
  • students engaging in youthful shenanigans on the last day of school

Synonyms for shenanigan

Words Related to shenanigan

Near Antonyms for shenanigan

3 a clever often underhanded means to achieve an end
  • the street-corner huckster of pirated DVDs had all sorts of shenanigans to keep the cops off of his tail

Synonyms for shenanigan

Words Related to shenanigan

Phrases Synonymous with shenanigan

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about shenanigan

Time Traveler for shenanigan

Time Traveler

The first known use of shenanigan was in 1854

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast about shenanigan

Cite this Entry

“Shenanigan.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/shenanigan. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on shenanigan

Dictionary: Definition of shenanigan

Nglish: Translation of shenanigan for Spanish Speakers

Comments on shenanigan

What made you want to look up shenanigan? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!