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Definition of "shenanigan" []

  • A deceitful trick; an underhanded act. (noun)
  • Remarks intended to deceive; deceit. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • A playful or mischievous act; a prank. (noun)
  • Mischief; prankishness. Often used in the plural. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shenanigan" in a sentence
  • "So, I'm going to call shenanigan ­s on this article."
  • "Of course, this kind of shenanigan isn't new in Venezuela: fifteen months ago, Chavez was defeated in his first attempt to abolish term limits after a campaign that saw its share of abuses."
  • "This makes me wonder: What exactly is a "shenanigan" anyway?"