What does Shenanigans mean?

A slang term for secret activities or maneuvering that was meant to be hidden.


Other definitions of Shenanigans:

  • Slang term for silly, high-spirited behavior or mischief. Typically, such behavior is hidden from an authority figure.
  • Tricky conduct that is questionable at best. Often regarded as peculiar and the opposite of straight-forward.
  • Underhanded tricks or mischievous acts. Earliest known use of this slang word appeared in the mid-1800s.
  • Enthusiastic, often devilish behavior that one hopes to engage in secretly.

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How to use the term

  • I can tell you two are up to some shenanigans. What are you trying?

  • Your shenanigans have been revealed. Now, it's my turn.

  • We do not have time for political shenanigans. The time to act is now.

  • I call shenanigans.

  • Call a restaurant "Shenanigans" seems risky. People are going to think your pulling shenanigans with their food.


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