Definition of shindy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪndi

noun (plural shindies)

  • 1A noisy disturbance or quarrel: there were plenty of gulls kicking up a shindy
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    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 1.1A large, lively party.
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    • 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!


early 19th century: perhaps an alteration of shinty.

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