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n. Informal
1. A playful or mischievous act; a prank: We're tired of your shenanigans!
2. An underhanded act or deceitful remark: Financial shenanigans brought down the brokerage.

[Origin unknown.]


1. (usually plural) roguishness; mischief
2. an act of treachery; deception
[C19: of unknown origin]


(ʃəˈnæn ɪ gən)

n. Informal.
1. Usu., shenanigans.
a. mischief; prankishness.
b. deceit; trickery.
2. a mischievous or deceitful trick.
[1850–55, Amer.; of obscure orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shenanigan - reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in othersshenanigan - reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed - improper or wicked or immoral behavior
blaze, hell - noisy and unrestrained mischief; "raising blazes"
monkey business - mischievous or deceitful behavior
hooliganism, malicious mischief, vandalism - willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others
2.shenanigan - the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)shenanigan - the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
dissimulation, deception, dissembling, deceit - the act of deceiving
dupery, hoax, put-on, humbug, fraud, fraudulence - something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
jugglery - artful trickery designed to achieve an end; "the senator's tax program was mere jugglery"


1. Informal. An indirect, usually cunning means of gaining an end:
Informal: take-in.
2. Informal. A mischievous act:
Slang: monkeyshine (often used in plural).
3. Informal. Annoying yet harmless, usually playful acts.Often used in plural:
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