skulduggery

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Etymology[edit]

1856, apparently an alteration of Scottish English sculdudrie (adultery), sculduddery “bawdry, obscenity”, a euphemism of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /skʌlˈdʌɡəɹi/

Noun[edit]

skulduggery (plural skulduggeries)

  1. A devious device or trick.
  2. Underhanded or unscrupulous behavior.

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