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.

Examples of shindig in a Sentence

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

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The other finalists to host the Democratic shindig were Miami and Houston. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Democrats Want Milwaukee’s Finest," 11 Mar. 2019 Per the Daily Mail, this was a more low-key affair than last year's shindig, which was Meghan's very first Christmas dinner. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Royal Family Fab Four Have Arrived for the Queen's Christmas Lunch, Gifts In Tow," 19 Dec. 2018 The big climate shindig — three days of meetings, exhibitions, and gladhanding with big names in climate policy from around the world — will, among other things, serve as a kind of capstone celebration of Brown’s climate legacy. David Roberts, Vox, "California Gov. Jerry Brown casually drops history’s most ambitious climate target," 11 Sep. 2018 In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Sarah Rafferty, who plays Donna in Suits, opened up about attending the shindig. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Rafferty & Patrick J. Adams Talk Meghan Markle’s Baby Shower & Royal Playdates," 3 Mar. 2019 But one thing that can sway your shindig in the right direction? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "13 Songs That Should Absolutely Be on Your Halloween Party Playlist," 1 Oct. 2018 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

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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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