shindig

noun shin·dig \ ˈshin-ˌdig \
Updated on: 18 Jan 2018

Definition of shindig

1 a : a social gathering with dancing
b : a usually large or lavish party
2 : shindy 2

shindig was our Word of the Day on 09/09/2013. Hear the podcast!

Examples of shindig in a Sentence

  1. we're hosting a little shindig this weekend for some friends

Recent Examples of shindig from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shindig.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

SHINDIG Defined for English Language Learners

shindig

noun

Definition of shindig for English Language Learners

  • : a big party



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up shindig? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to lessen the seriousness or strength of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's That From? A Word Origin Quiz

  • turris-babel-by-athanasius-kircher
  • What language gave the word robot to English?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!