shenanigan

[ shuh-nan-i-guh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF shenanigan

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHENANIGAN

I'll darn soon show ye what's the matter with me, you come any o' your shenanigan around here.

He was a bold man who attempted any shenanigan with Mart Haney, and the games of his halls were reported honest.

WORD ORIGIN

1855, of uncertain origin. Earliest records of it are in San Francisco and Sacramento, California, U.S. Suggestions include Spanish chanada, a shortened form of charranada "trick, deceit;" or, less likely, German Schenigelei, peddler's argot for "work, craft," or the related German slang verb schinäglen. Another guess centers on Irish sionnach "fox."

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