This word was first used in popular English literature sometime before 1829.[1] 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.


enPR: kə-ho͞otsʹ, IPA(key): /kəˈhuːts/


cahoots (plural only)
1.Collusion or collaboration to nefarious ends.
Being frustrated or up in cahoots. They probably give it back to him; they're all in cahoots. — Rabbit at Rest, John Updike

Usage notes

Cahoots is only used in the phrases "in cahoots" (for collusion within a group), "in cahoots with" (for collusion between two or more parties) and, more rarely, "go cahoots" (share equally in an expense or become partners) and "go in cahoots" (become partners).