[ fi-ney-guhl ]
/ f??ne? g?l /

verb (used with object), fi·na·gled, fi·na·gling.

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), fi·na·gled, fi·na·gling.

to practice deception or fraud; scheme.
Sometimes fe·na·gle .

Origin of finagle

An Americanism first recorded in 1925–30; finaig- (variant of fainaigue) + -le


fi·na·gler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, ? Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for finagle

/ (f??ne?ɡ?l) /

verb informal

(tr) to get or achieve by trickery, craftiness, or persuasion; wangle
to use trickery or craftiness on (a person)

Derived forms of finagle

finagler, noun

Word Origin for finagle

C20: probably changed from dialect fainaigue
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