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Origin of shindig

1855–60, Americanism; shin1 + dig1; compare slang shinscraper dance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun informal
  1. a noisy party, dance, etc
  2. another word for shindy

Word Origin for shindig

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.)).

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