This word was used in popular English literature in the early nineteenth century. It comes perhaps from French cahute (“cabin”), from Old French [Term?], possibly blend of cabane (“cabin”), and hutte (“hut”). Also thought to be from French cohorte, or a slang form of English cohort in the meaning "accomplice."
cahoots pl (normally plural, singular cahoot)
- Collusion or collaboration to nefarious ends.
- Being frustrated or up in cahoots.
1990, John Updike, Rabbit at Rest, page 86:
- “They probably give it back to him; they're all in cahoots.”
- (uncommon) plural of .
1869, United States Congress, Congressional Globe, page 538:
- Fisk and his “cahoots” have got at cross purposes, and he has been put out of bed. Whether Fisk is rightly or wrongly out of bed is not for Congress to determine.
- Third-person singular simple present indicative form of cahoot