Definition of shindy in US 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘It was her seventeenth birthday and it was predicted that the party would be the shindy of 1944.’
      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.