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Definition of hanky-panky noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hanky-panky

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌhæŋki ˈpæŋki//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌhæŋki ˈpæŋki//
     
    [uncountable] (old-fashioned, informal)
     
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  1. 1sexual activity that is not considered acceptable There was all sorts of hanky-panky going on at the party.
  2. 2dishonest behaviour
  3. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: perhaps an alteration of hokey-pokey.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hanky-panky