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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In addition to being an excuse to have a helluva fun time, Swift’s shindigs were performance pieces in the art of image cultivation — quite deliberate ones, at that., "What It Means If Taylor Swift Skips Another Fourth Of July Party," 3 July 2018 Though if the farm's inaugural shindig is any indication, the venue makes for a rather pretty supper spot, too. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrity "Chefs in the Field" cater Recipe for Success's first Sunday supper at Hope Farms," 27 June 2018 Celebrating Alaska businesses For three years, Alaska Business Monthly has been celebrating the top local businesses in Alaska with a fun, summer shindig. Anchorage Daily News, "This week in Anchorage: Incubus, Girdwood Forest Fair and beer in the Alaska Botanical Garden," 6 July 2018 The Frights also were a crowd favorite, taking the garage slop of the Black Lips and the ’90s pastiche approach of Girl Talk and making a wild shindig of it all, ripping through fragments of songs by OutKast, Shaggy, Smash Mouth and Journey. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Free Press Summer Fest branches off with In Bloom debut," 24 Mar. 2018 What’s on the grill at your Fourth of July shindig is critical — but don't neglect the contents of the ice chest. Kavita Daswani,, "Fourth of July BBQ draaaanks that won't blow your diet," 29 June 2018 Make use of the midnight sun at this late-night shindig. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Celebrating summer solstice: Here are parties and events around Alaska," 21 June 2018 The Queen is throwing the shindig for her son and to honor the many charities he's worked closely with throughout the years. Marie Claire, "See Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Heading Home After Their Royal Wedding," 21 May 2018 This month the European Central Bank devoted much of its annual shindig in Sintra, Portugal to discussing the wage puzzle. The Economist, "The rich world needs higher real wage growth," 30 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

: a big party

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