shin·​dig | \ ˈshin-ˌdig How to pronounce shindig (audio) \

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.

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we're hosting a little shindig this weekend for some friends
Recent Examples on the Web The conclusion of Apple’s big software shindig this week wraps up a months-long experiment in virtual tech conferences. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Virtual Conferences Mean All-Access—Except When They Don't," 27 June 2020 That means Tom Brady, the attractive football robot man who plans to play until the age of 65, thanks entirely to a diet of avocado stones and milk, will not be at this year's shindig. Rob Picheta, CNN, "A rookie's guide to Super Bowl LIV," 1 Feb. 2020 That’s the category under which the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which organizes the event, is letting such companies exhibit at the 2020 industry shindig. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Meet Lora Haddock DiCarlo. She's the woman responsible for the return of sex toys at CES 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 Both mother and daughter wore emerald green gowns, and looked completely regal at the shindig. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Just Wore a PVC Trench Coat and Nothing Else," 28 Dec. 2019 The community repaid the affection by turning up in droves for the virtual shindig, most of them live and some on video message. New York Times, "Rosie O’Donnell Returns, With Guests in the Basement and the Bathtub," 23 Mar. 2020 This Presto deep fryer is a magical appliance guaranteed to transform your fried food possibilities and give you great results for your larger shindigs. Popular Science, "Deep fryers to introduce you to the world of at-home donuts and corn dogs," 15 Apr. 2020 Wednesday evening, another nonprofit organization, Variety: the Children's Charity, gave away new silver, red and blue bikes to 150 metro Detroit kids at a holiday shindig at the Southfield Pavilion with the Detroit Tigers mascot, Paws, and Santa. Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press, "Group needs help refurbishing 350 bikes for metro Detroit kids — and deadline is looming," 5 Dec. 2019 In the latest sign of just how abnormal life is in China right now, the country is set to cancel part or all of its annual political shindig—known as the Two Sessions—amid its ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Jane Li, Quartz, "The coronavirus looks set to nix China’s biggest annual political gathering," 17 Feb. 2020

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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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1 Jul 2020

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“Shindig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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informal : a big party

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