from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Informal Questionable collaboration; secret partnership: an accountant in cahoots with organized crime.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Collusion or collaboration to nefarious ends.


Perhaps from French cahute, cabin, from Old French, possibly blend of cabane; see cabin, and hutte; see hut.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
This word was first used in popular English literature sometime before 1829. It comes perhaps from French cahute ("cabin"), from Old French, possibly blend of cabane ("cabin"), and hutte ("hut"). Also thought to be from French cohorte. (Wiktionary)



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  • cabin-net?? (see etymology of the word)

    February 20, 2012

  • I'm not greedy. When it comes to cahoots. One is fine.

    February 2, 2008

  • Sounds like a ship of antiquity. "The Earth-shaker, Poseidon, wrecked my cahoot and cast her on the rocks at the land's end, drifting her on a headland; the wind blew from the sea; and I with these men here escaped impending ruin."

    Aye aye.

    January 16, 2008

  • I just noticed that myself. Nice job, John! As for your question, I think I'm going to have to start saying "in a cahoot" from now on... :-P

    January 16, 2008

  • HEY! WeirdNet has a "more" link! :-D

    Also, is anyone ever just in one cahoot?

    January 16, 2008