Definition of shandy in English:



  • [mass noun] Beer mixed with a non-alcoholic drink (typically lemonade)

    [with modifier] ‘a pint of lager shandy’
    [count noun] ‘a shandy would be nice’
    • ‘Witness also denied being drunk, stating he had consumed only three or four shandies earlier that night.’
    • ‘The plot flushes through your head faster than a pint of shandy.’
    • ‘Ray arrived and ordered a pint of shandy, Mark looked at him strangely and then noticed the car keys Ray had put on the bar.’
    • ‘By 1am, however, it's pretty obvious that plenty of people have had more than a few shandies, and the city's Boar Lane is full of slightly swaying, but good-natured, revellers.’
    • ‘The brain associates completing the arduous learning task with the reward of a vigorous hand shandy.’
    • ‘By the time the Bristolian trip hoppers were announced as 1995 victors, the pony-tailed creative lynchpin had already had a few too many lager shandies and started ranting and raving at the assembled crowd.’
    • ‘I thought it tasted disgusting and it was years before I tried another (although I did enjoy the weak shandies my dad would make for me on special occasions).’
    • ‘I also like a Pimms in the summer, and sometimes a shandy, but that's not very cool, is it!’
    • ‘Yesterday evening, Senor Ramon and I were reminiscing on a hard days fishing as we gently sipped a few Cruzcampo shandies on the second floor balcony of our borrowed flat.’
    • ‘I'm sure that the majority of real detectives have no more than the occasional half of shandy and live in domestic bliss, and are not haunted by the victims of crimes they could not solve.’
    • ‘He'd obviously had a half too much of shandy, though.’
    • ‘Whenever the smoke of the grill became unbearable I would stand in the car park with a lime and lemonade, or sometimes a shandy, and she would look up from her book and smile.’
    • ‘The ladies drank shandies and the men had beer, and Folsom proved he had a real talent for booze.’
    • ‘Perhaps we were the lucky ones, celebrating our adolescence with a pierced ear and a can of shandy, challenging the system by daring to let our hair touch our collars and wearing non regulation shoes to school.’
    • ‘Why not add a few fruity beers, or spiced and flavored wheat beers, or hard ciders, or shandies to the list?’
    • ‘As for the drinking, they will only have been shandies, as that is all he would ever drink if he was driving.’
    • ‘I washed it down with a pint of John Smith's, which with my soft friend's lager shandy came to more than £5 a little steep, I am sure you will agree.’
    • ‘The pub was quiet as Dan sipped his pint of Stella shandy, served by a barman who he'd never seen doing the evening shift.’
    • ‘She normally drank shandy, but vodka did not seem inappropriate in the circumstances (in fact, I wished I'd asked for a double Southern Comfort myself, no soda, no ice).’
    • ‘The ensuing trembling in the morning made the plastic hours in the airport departure lounge more bearable, with only a few shandies to stop the shaking.’


Late 19th century: abbreviation of shandygaff, in the same sense, of unknown origin.