from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A festive party, often with dancing. Also called shindy.
  • n. See shindy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Noisy party or festivities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ball or dance; especially, a dance attended with a shindy or much uproar and rowdyism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large and noisy party of people


Probably alteration of shindy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Scottish Gaelic sìnteag ("leap” or “jump"). (Wiktionary)



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