Definition of shindy in English:



  • 1A noisy disturbance or quarrel.

    ‘there were plenty of gulls kicking up a shindy’
    • ‘Called to vote on a Parliamentary slate, the country has just voted acceptance, though 60% of the electorate remained away from the polls and three individuals were killed in election shindies.’
    • ‘Now and then a jig competition would be held on the dock, to everyone's delight; and numerous parties and shindies and an occasional bout of fisticuffs added to the general merriment.’
    • ‘It is almost impossible to get judges there who will administer laws without bribery, and as every man goes armed with knife or revolver, there are plenty of shindies.’
    disturbance, quarrel, scuffle, brawl, affray, tussle, melee, free-for-all, fight, clash, skirmish, brouhaha, riot, uproar, commotion
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    1. 1.1 A large, lively party.
      • ‘It was her seventeenth birthday and it was predicted that the party would be the shindy of 1944.’
      • ‘We'd celebrate our new trading status with cheap rum and boozy shindy dancing and the pirates would engage in swashbuckling sword fights over who gets first Arrgghs!’
      social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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Early 19th century: perhaps an alteration of shinty.