[ shin-dee ]
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noun,plural shin·dies.Informal.
  1. a row; rumpus.

  2. a shindig.

Origin of shindy

1810–20; variant of obsolete shinty row, originally, game resembling field hockey, shinny1

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How to use shindy in a sentence

  • 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
  • But then you know that when you called to me I really thought you were in for a shindy.

    The Three Partners | Bret Harte
  • Call upon Dr Jolliffe indeed, to get a couple of school-boys, whom he had fleeced, into a shindy!

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys | Lewis Hough
  • Then we had a shindy, and scared the dogs cold—bagged a few, but I guess nobody croaked—anyhow, none of our crowd.

    The Second Latchkey | Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for shindy


/ (ˈʃɪndɪ) /

nounplural -dies informal
  1. a quarrel or commotion (esp in the phrase kick up a shindy)

  2. another word for shindig

Origin of shindy

C19: variant of shinty

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