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questionable practices or mischievous activity
  • How to Memorize
    • shenanigans - mischief
  • Analysis

    Unlike the similar meaning ‘chicanery', the word 'shenanigans’ expresses a form of trickery that is plural, and has less negative connotations due to the humorous element attached to it. It is more about getting up to high-spirited or boisterous mischief rather than calculated manipulation. For that reason, it is less common in a professional context.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymschicaneryantics, trickery,
    Antonymscandoursincerity, dourness,
  • Example(s)
    1. I told my kids to settle down and that I would not be putting up with any more of their shenanigans.

    2. Paul was a brilliant player, but his career was impeded by his frequent off-the-field shenanigans.

    3. I’m getting an accountant to go through the books to make sure there hasn’t been any financial shenanigans.