Where does the word “Shindig” come from and What does Shindig mean?

Although one authority cites a purported Southern United States meaning of “A sharp blow on the shins,” this may only be a transferred meaning, from the appearance of the word “shindig”, to an accidental kick received during a spirited dance or party.

It seems much more likely that a shindig is a U.S. alteration of the much older British word shindy, which is preceded by shinty and shinny.

This last is a ball game of considerable antiquity (seventeenth century or older) somewhat resembling field hockey.

where does the word shindig come from and what does shindig mean

Its name may have been derived from a call used in the game, “Shin ye! Shin you!” or from the Gaelic sinteag, “a skip, jump.”

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