Definition of shindig
1a : a social gathering with dancingb : a usually large or lavish party
2 : shindy 2
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Examples of shindig in a Sentence
we're hosting a little shindig this weekend for some friends
Recent Examples of shindig from the Web
But last Wednesday, there was a 1970s-themed shindig at a new lounge on Chrystie Street called Et Al.
So, no matter how your business relationship ended, take the high road and ask him to the shindig.
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Did You Know?
At a glance, shindig appears to combine shin and dig, and thus might seem to suggest a painful kick to the leg-especially when you know that one of the first senses of shindig in English refers to a gathering at which people dance. It is more likely, however, that shindig is an alteration of shindy, which is itself the alteration of another word, shinny, used of a variation of hockey played with a curved stick and a ball or block of wood. It's not entirely clear how the game of shinny gave shindy its first meaning (the "social gathering with dancing" meaning that is also the original meaning of shindig), but shinny remains the most likely origin.
Origin and Etymology of shindig
probably alteration of shindy
First Known Use: 1842
SHINDIG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shindig for English Language Learners
: a big party
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