Definition of SHANGHAI


to shanghai (third-person singular simple present shanghais, present participle shanghaiing, simple past and past participle shanghaied)

  • (transitive) To force or trick (someone) into joining a ship which is lacking a full crew.
  • (transitive) To abduct or coerce.
  • (transitive) To commandeer; appropriate; hijack

shanghai (plural shanghais)

  • (dated) A slingshot.
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