anky-pranky


Variants
hanky-panky, henky-penky

Morphology
rhyme reduplication

Etymology
OED: Probably related to hocus pocus, hoky-poky.
Thun: Possibly influenced by prank (OED sb2) a trick. Cf. princum-prancum.

Classification
trickery

Definition
(noun)
1. jugglery, legerdemain; trickery, double dealing; underhand dealing.
2. a mystery.

(verb) to humbug, cheat, trick.

Usage
Stafford

References
The English dialect dictionary, being the complete vocabulary of all dialect words still in use, or known to have been in use during the last two hundred years; founded on the publications of the English Dialect Society and on a large amount of material never before printed. Edited by Joseph Wright. Oxford University Press, 1898~1905. [See biblography.]
The Oxford English dictionary, 2nd ed. Edited by J.A. Simpson and E.S.C. Weiner. Clarendon Press, 1989. [See biblography.]
Henry Benjamin Wheatley. A dictionary of reduplicated words in the English language. Published for the Philological Society (Great Britain) by Asher, 1866. [See biblography.]


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