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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fi-ney-guh l]
    • /fɪˈneɪ gəl/
    • /fə.ˈneɪ.ɡəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fi-ney-guh l]
    • /fɪˈneɪ gəl/

Definitions of finagle word

  • verb with object finagle to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person) (often followed by out of): He finagled the backers out of a fortune. 1
  • verb with object finagle to get or achieve (something) by guile, trickery, or manipulation: to finagle an assignment to the Membership Committee. 1
  • verb without object finagle to practice deception or fraud; scheme. 1
  • noun finagle Obtain (something) by devious or dishonest means. 1
  • intransitive verb finagle do sth fraudulent 1
  • transitive verb finagle acquire by deceit 1

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Origin of finagle

First appearance:

before 1925
One of the 11% newest English words
1925-30, Americanism; finaig- (variant of fainaigue) + -le

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Parts of speech for Finagle


finagle popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for finagle

verb finagle

  • plot — a secret plan or scheme to accomplish some purpose, especially a hostile, unlawful, or evil purpose: a plot to overthrow the government.
  • cheat — When someone cheats, they do not obey a set of rules which they should be obeying, for example in a game or exam.
  • contrive — If you contrive an event or situation, you succeed in making it happen, often by tricking someone.
  • trick — a crafty or underhanded device, maneuver, stratagem, or the like, intended to deceive or cheat; artifice; ruse; wile.
  • deceive — If you deceive someone, you make them believe something that is not true, usually in order to get some advantage for yourself.

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