[fi-ney-guh l] /fɪˈneɪ gəl/

verb (used with object), finagled, finagling.
to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person) (often followed by out of):
He finagled the backers out of a fortune.
to get or achieve (something) by guile, trickery, or manipulation:
to finagle an assignment to the Membership Committee.
verb (used without object), finagled, finagling.
to practice deception or fraud; scheme.
verb (informal)
(transitive) to get or achieve by trickery, craftiness, or persuasion; wangle
to use trickery or craftiness on (a person)

1926, American English, possibly a variant of English dialectal fainaigue “to cheat or renege” (at cards), of unknown origin. Liberman says finagle is from figgle, phonetic variant of fiddle “fidget about,” frequentative of fig. Related: Finagled; finagling.


A male homosexual; fag: The guy must be a real whacko. A fegelah, you figure?

[1960s+; fr Yiddish, ”little bird”]


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