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[shan-dee] /ˈʃæn di/
noun, plural shandies. Chiefly British.
a mixture of beer and lemonade.
Origin of shandy
First recorded in 1885-90; short for shandygaff Unabridged
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  • By this they were opposite the old stand, where shandy was hiding.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • As in shandy, there is a discussion about the location of the soul.

    Laurence Sterne in Germany Harvey Waterman Thayer
  • Mrs. shandy, coming out, begged her to wait and take a cup of coffee, but Poppea shook her head.

    Poppea of the Post-Office Mabel Osgood Wright
  • The "Journey" proved equally as fascinating and as popular as "shandy."

  • The force of this engine—observed Mr. shandy, in great triumph—is incredible, in opening heads.

  • shandy's escapade with Diablo had brought a new trouble to Mike Gaynor.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • And the peculiarity extends to his two chief named heroines, Mrs. shandy and the Widow.

    The English Novel George Saintsbury
  • shandy gave the bridle a swing, and it clattered to the floor from its peg.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Bode, in translating shandy several years later, inserts for the same book, Thousand and one Nights.

    Laurence Sterne in Germany Harvey Waterman Thayer
  • But Colley ain't no good on Diablo, an' if he can smell shandy, that settles it—it's all over.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for shandy


noun (pl) -dies, -gaffs
an alcoholic drink made of beer and ginger beer or lemonade
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shandy

"mix of beer and fizzy lemonade," 1888, shortening of shandygaff (1853), of obscure origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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