noun, plural shin·dies. Informal.

a row; rumpus.
a shindig.

Origin of shindy

1810–20; variant of obsolete shinty row, orig., game resembling field hockey, shinny1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shindy

Historical Examples of shindy

  • 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?

British Dictionary definitions for shindy


noun plural -dies informal

a quarrel or commotion (esp in the phrase kick up a shindy)
another word for shindig

Word Origin for shindy

C19: variant of shinty
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