Definition of shindig in English:



  • 1A large, lively party, especially one celebrating something.

    ‘the glitziest of election night shindigs’
    ‘our album launch shindig’
    • ‘Local chapters throw buyer-seller shindigs to introduce members to worthy crops and breeds and the eco-conscious farmers who raise them.’
    • ‘I hope this shindig doesn't turn into a super shindig because I lost my whole family at a cowboy dance last year.’
    • ‘They are known for their lavish and eccentric parties, so we expect nothing less from their wedding shindig.’
    • ‘So there's this big dance party shindig on Saturday night.’
    • ‘The stellar shindig featured various celebrity types, some free snacks and drinks, and lots of great atmosphere.’
    • ‘With her new equipment in tow, she traveled around town, hosting private parties and corporate shindigs.’
    • ‘The shindig in question was the Party's anniversary bash at the New South Wales Parliament yesterday.’
    • ‘One shindig, on the night before May's primary, cost more than $61,000.’
    • ‘Lorna, who works in the town square's newsagent, believes the town has been primed for a celebrity shindig since the 1960s.’
    • ‘The shindig actually starts days before the party when the first of the very-Florida decorations appear.’
    • ‘In the week it was confirmed that these guys are to go national with their Friday night shindig, they make a well-timed appearance away from the cameras.’
    • ‘Plus, bloggers can also report on an issue that mainstream journalists would be reluctant to cover - how mainstream journalists behave at these shindigs.’
    • ‘Regrettably, such dialectics piled on the post-punk jumble are too didactic to warrant repeat listenings, even at grad-school shindigs.’
    • ‘Since we don't have a curfew Friday, we thought a bunch of the girls could get together in the rec hut and have a little shindig.’
    • ‘Plan to nap the day of the shindig so you'll be awake that night and into the next dawn.’
    • ‘New York Social Diary is your link to the parties, events, openings, launches, shindigs, bashes, and general social whirlwind that is the East Coast social scene.’
    • ‘I'm not sure I'm up for another shindig after last night but it needs investigation!’
    • ‘It was a mark of your class to show how much one could spend on a wedding, and the reception had to be the shindig of the year.’
    • ‘One year, a lady friend insisted we ‘party hop’ to three shindigs and it was one of the worst evenings of my life.’
    social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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    1. 1.1 A noisy disturbance or quarrel.
      disturbance, quarrel, scuffle, brawl, affray, tussle, melee, free-for-all, fight, clash, skirmish, brouhaha, riot, uproar, commotion
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Mid 19th century: probably from the nouns shin and dig, influenced later by shindy.