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The origin is unknown. Perhaps from dialectal shandy (boisterous, empty-headed) +‎ gaff (outcry, nonsense).


shandygaff (countable and uncountable, plural shandygaffs)

  1. (Britain) A mixture of strong beer and ginger beer.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for shandygaff in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)