Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Professional cant; the chatter of conjurers to divert attention from their tricks; hence, jugglery.
  • n. Illegal or unethical behavior, usually surreptitious.
  • n. Extramarital sexual relations, especially adultery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See hanky-panky.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • It was I who added counters to his stakes, just once or twice, and not nearly as often as they said - why, I was quite shocked when I read in the papers last week, the kind of evidence they were giving, even Mrs Wilson - dear me, if there had been that much hankey-pankey with the counters the whole world must have seen, the Prince and everyone!

    Watershed

  • Now Newton, Darwin, Dalton, Davy, Joule, and Adam Smith did not affect this “expert” hankey-pankey, becoming enough in a hairdresser or a fashionable physician, but indecent in a philosopher or a man of science.

    A Modern Utopia

  • You were watched all the time and if a girl danced too close to a man or a man danced too close to a girl or they saw any kind of hankey-pankey going on, don't think that they didn't come right in and make a scene about it!

    Oral History Interview with Virginia Foster Durr, March 13, 14, 15, 1975. Interview G-0023-1. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • 'By the Lord, I believe the Apostle's right, -- the whole place reeks to me of hankey-pankey, -- it did as soon as I put my nose inside.

    The Beetle

  • Can it be possible that that humorous professor of hankey-pankey -- may all the maledictions of the accursed alight upon his head!

    The Beetle

  • Davy, Joule, and Adam Smith did not affect this "expert" hankey-pankey, becoming enough in a hairdresser or a fashionable physician, but indecent in a philosopher or a man of science.

    A Modern Utopia

  • Only the mis-remembered hankey-pankey of the Dead Old Man.

    The Research Magnificent

  • Aubrey, that if father tries any hankey-pankey with the estate, and leaves it to me, I shall give it back to you next day. '

    Elizabeth's Campaign

  • So the real median income is adjusted for inflation, so there's no hankey-pankey with what a dollar can buy, OK?

    ... and his ministers a flame of fire

  • I thought we might talk and be jolly, as we used to be, but without ... oh, ` hankey-pankey '. "

    Watershed

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