Dictionary: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z


[hang-kee-pang-kee] /ˈhæŋ kiˈpæŋ ki/

noun, Informal.
unethical behavior; deceit:
When the bank teller bought an expensive car and house, they suspected there might be some hanky-panky going on.
illicit sexual relations.
noun (informal)
dubious or suspicious behaviour
foolish behaviour or talk
illicit sexual relations

also hanky panky, 1841, “trickery,” British slang, possibly a variant of hoky-poky “deception, fraud,” altered from hocus-pocus.


Cheap and gaudy; trashy; schlocky: hanky-pank costume jewelry



Anything dishonest, deceptive, or unethical; esp, in recent use, sexual infidelity; monkey business: She seems just to be along for some hanky-panky with her pal, General Von Griem/ can be an assurance against clandestine wrongdoing and political hanky-panky (1841+)


Read Also:

  • Hanky

    [hang-kee] /ˈhæŋ ki/ noun, plural hankies. 1. a . /ˈhæŋkɪ/ noun (pl) hankies 1. (informal) short for handkerchief noun A handkerchief (1895+)

  • Hankty

    Related Terms hincty adjective [1924+ Black; origin unknown]

  • Hanks

    [hangks] /hæŋks/ noun 1. Tom, born 1956, U.S. film actor. [hangk] /hæŋk/ noun 1. a skein, as of thread or yarn. 2. a definite length of thread or yarn: A hank of cotton yarn measures 840 yards. 3. a coil, knot, or loop: a hank of hair. 4. Nautical. a ring, link, or shackle for […]

  • Hankow

    [hang-kou; Chinese hahn-koh] /ˈhæŋˈkaʊ; Chinese ˈhɑnˈkoʊ/ noun, Pinyin, Wade-Giles. 1. a former city in E Hubei province, in E China: now part of Wuhan. /ˈhænˈkaʊ/ noun 1. a former city in SE China, in SE Hubei at the confluence of the Han and Yangtze Rivers: one of the Han Cities; merged with Hanyang and Wuchang […]

Disclaimer: Hanky-pank definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.