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[shin-dee] /ˈʃɪn di/
noun, plural shindies. Informal.
a row; rumpus.
a shindig.
Origin of shindy
1810-20; variant of obsolete shinty row, orig., game resembling field hockey, shinny1 Unabridged
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  • It was as fine a shindy as one could hope to witness, and I was deeply interested.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • Oh—ah—that is—I say, you know, what's this shindy between you and Nell?

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice
  • Would you have me raisin' a shindy when Eileen's leavin' here in a day or more?

    The Straw Eugene O'Neill
  • Bless you, it was such a rush and shindy, no one could see anybody.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • Wouldn't you like to be back with us again, for the shindy that we are likely to have, tomorrow?

  • Mrs. Ranny told me he was up there, and I guessed there was a shindy.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • I want some fun, and there'll be a shindy if I don't get it.

  • John, upon this eventful evening, soon became aware of a shindy.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • What a shindy you have made, bowling us all down like ninepins!

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • But then you know that when you called to me I really thought you were in for a shindy.

    The Three Partners Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for shindy


noun (informal) (pl) -dies
a quarrel or commotion (esp in the phrase kick up a shindy)
another word for shindig
Word Origin
C19: variant of shinty
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Slang definitions & phrases for shindy



An uproar; a confused struggle; donnybrook

[1821+ Nautical; origin unknown; perhaps fr Irish sinteag, ''skip, caper''; perhaps fr shinny, the name of a rough hockeylike schoolboy game; perhaps fr Romany chindi, ''a cut, a cutting up'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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