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shenanigan (n.)

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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Definitions of shenanigan from WordNet

shenanigan (n.)
reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others;
Synonyms: mischief / mischief-making / mischievousness / deviltry / devilry / devilment / rascality / roguery / roguishness
shenanigan (n.)
the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them);
Synonyms: trickery / chicanery / chicane / guile / wile
From wordnet.princeton.edu