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[shin-dig] /ˈʃɪnˌdɪg/
noun, Informal.
an elaborate or large dance, party, or other celebration.
Origin of shindig
1855-60, Americanism; shin1 + dig1; compare slang shinscraper dance Unabridged
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  • "It's no Pike County shindig," had responded the floor-manager, cheerfully.

  • Why, we got this shindig up, he noted irreverently, just so Miss Lane could sing at it.

    The Girl From His Town Marie Van Vorst
  • Besides, a bit of argument is entertaining, and brings life into the shindig.

  • All right,” I says to myself; “but just wait till this shindig is over.

    Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher Eleanor Gates
  • They told me that they was some sort of shindig at Mr. Hardwick's to-night.

    The Power and the Glory Grace MacGowan Cooke
  • Johnnie wrote me to come over for this shindig, so I thought I might as well come.

    Seventeen Booth Tarkington
  • He says tell you that as this is your shindig you ought at least to pay the piper.

    The Melting of Molly

    Maria Thompson Daviess
  • In my day and time about the last thing I'd want to do would be to take a sister of mine to a shindig.

    The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
  • That sausage over there must have seen this shindig and they'll blow this whole damn area off the map.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for shindig


noun (informal)
a noisy party, dance, etc
another word for shindy
Word Origin
C19: variant of shindy
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Word Origin and History for shindig

"dance, party, lively gathering," 1871, probably from shindy "a spree, merrymaking" (1821), also "a game like hockey;" perhaps from shinty, name of a Scottish game akin to hockey (1771), earlier shinny (see shinny (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for shindig



A party, reception, festival, etc, esp a noisy dancing party; clambake

[1871+; probably fr shin dig, ''a blow on the shin incurred while dancing,'' found by 1859; perhaps by folk etymology fr the older shindy]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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