Shindig Meaning: What Does Shindig Mean? with Useful Conversations

Shindig is a slang word relating to gathering of friends. Here you will find the meaning of this slang term and some information about its origin. You will also find other meanings for the word if any exists, as well as some examples of the word properly used in conversation. Finally, you will see some other ways you could say this slang term.

Shindig Meaning

What Does Shindig Mean?

Shindig refers to small parties between friends where alcohol and or drugs are involved. The amount of party goers varies, but it will usually be between five to twenty. Shindigs are suppose to be more quiet, unlike larger and wilder parties. There appears to be a conflict between those that view shindigs as entirely different than parties and those that feel shindigs are just smaller parties. Shindig and party, however, are very rarely used interchangeably.


Shindig seemed to originated in the youth culture of 1950s America, although the word might have appeared as early as the 1920s or 1930s. The word didn’t see much prominence online until the 2000s and the rise of text messages. Among the younger generations, shindigs would refer to smaller parties while parties would refer to larger gatherings. The apparent mindset is parents wouldn’t think negatively of shindigs compared to parties.

Other Meanings

Shindig can also refer to an object or thing, although very rarely. Shindig can also be used to describe a type of sporadic dance.

Conversation Examples

Text Between Friends:

  • Friend 1: Hey, you going to Johnny’s shindig this Saturday? His parents are out of town and they’ll be beer.
  • Friend 2: Maybe. I don’t want to flunk my test next week. Was thinking about spending the weekend studying.
  • Friend 1: It wouldn’t be more than a few hours. You need the break! It’ll be fun, Johnny always throws great shindigs!
  • Friend 2: I’ll think about it and get back to you on Saturday morning. Is that good?
  • Friend 1: Sure, that’s cool. Let me know so I can let Johnny know.

Online Chat:

  • User 1: Hey, anyone up to video chat tonight?
  • User 2: Can’t. I’ve got a shindig to do to.
  • User 3: Since when do you go to parties?
  • User 2: I don’t do parties, lol I do shindigs. They’re different. Smaller.
  • User 1: Doesn’t sound fun then. Wild parties are the best.
  • User 2: I just like smaller parties, enjoy a few wine coolers, the works.
  • User 3: I thought when my friends said they’re going to shindigs it was a dance. LOL!

Other Ways to Say the Slang Word

Shindig can be spelled as “shin dig”. Beyond that, there is no other variants.

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