shin·​dig | \ ˈshin-ˌdig \

Definition of shindig

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

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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.

Examples of shindig in a Sentence

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

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The Daily Mail has photos of them together at the shindig; they were also photographed at JFK airport in Queens, New York, three days before, presumably en route. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 27 July 2018 The whole shindig sounded over-the-top in the best way. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Custom Details That Made Kaley Cuoco's Wedding So Dazzling," 16 Jan. 2019 And what does every Christmas shindig need, exactly? Christian Allaire, Vogue, "A Behind-the-Scenes Look at John Legend’s Christmas Tour Wardrobe," 20 Dec. 2018 Of all of these perhaps the most directly debated was Emporio Armani's 2,500-seater shindig at Milan's Linate Airport. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Our Very Favorite Moments From the Spring 2019 Collections," 10 Oct. 2018 The shindig took place on Sunday (October 28) at the company's flagship location in Midtown Manhattan—the site of so many pop-culture touchstones, like Audrey Hepburn's croissant break and the proposal scene in Sweet Home Alabama. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra Had Her Bridal Shower at Tiffany's—and Her Dress Was Stunning," 29 Oct. 2018 Charlise had a hunch that a larger party space meant more dollars for the shindig's beneficiary, Camp SAY: a Summer Camp for Young People who Stutter. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "George Springer's fourth annual All-Star Bowling Benefit raises record $250K for youth who stutter," 10 July 2018 Blackberry Bramble Celebrate the last shindig of the summer with the Blackberry Bramble. Molly Dodd, Fox News, "9 festive cocktails to beat the heat this Labor Day," 5 Sep. 2016 Getty Images The Daily Mail reports that KStew and RPatz both attended a shindig for Lily-Rose Depp at Chateau Marmont Saturday night, and the two were spotted... being there! Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Breaking: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Were at the Same Place at the Same Time," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of shindig

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for shindig

probably alteration of shindy

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English Language Learners Definition of shindig

informal : a big party

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