shandy

[shan-dee]

Origin of shandy

First recorded in 1885–90; short for shandygaff
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Historical Examples of shandy

  • She always turned in that cross manner from Shandy, the stable boy.

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

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  • Also he disliked Carter—seemed to associate his personality with that of Shandy's.

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  • Shandy gave the bridle a swing, and it clattered to the floor from its peg.

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  • By this they were opposite the old stand, where Shandy was hiding.

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British Dictionary definitions for shandy

shandy

US shandygaff (ˈʃændɪˌɡæf)

noun plural -dies or -gaffs
  1. an alcoholic drink made of beer and ginger beer or lemonade

Word Origin for shandy

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for shandy
n.

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

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