- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ʃɪˈnænɪɡ(ə)nz/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ʃəˈnænəɡɪnz/, /-ɡənz/
- Hyphenation: she‧na‧ni‧gans
shenanigans pl (plural only)
- Mischievous play, especially by children. [from mid 19th c.]
Shanti and Tom are playing noisily upstairs again. They’re up to their usual shenanigans.
1890, Kate Chopin, At Fault: A Novel, page 159:
- Well, I'm not the woman to stand any shenanigans from a child of mine. I could name you dead loads of women that are just completely walked over by their children.
- Deceitful tricks; trickery, games. [from mid 19th c.]
You should learn to spot their shenanigans and avoid being fooled.
The advertisement said it would cost $50, but they charged me $75 at the register. I declare shenanigans.
1921, William M. McCoy, The Valley of the Sun, page 77:
- And you remember that she is a pal of ours, and you're to act like a gentleman, no shenanigans, or I'll skin you alive!
- (deceitful tricks): skulduggery