shandygaff

noun

shan·​dy·​gaff ˈshan-dē-ˌgaf How to pronounce shandygaff (audio)
: beer diluted with a nonalcoholic drink (such as ginger beer)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The name is a shortening of shandygaff, a word that according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary first appeared in the 19th century. Michael Agnew, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 The shandy or shandygaff first emerged in the mid-18th century as one of the first beer cocktails. Jay R. Brooks, The Mercury News, 7 Aug. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

origin unknown

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shandygaff was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Shandygaff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shandygaff. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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