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[shee-nee] /ˈʃi ni/
adjective, sheenier, sheeniest.
shining; lustrous.
Origin of sheeny1
First recorded in 1615-25; sheen + -y1


or sheeney, sheenie

[shee-nee] /ˈʃi ni/
noun, plural sheenies. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jew.
First recorded in 1810-20; origin obscure Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And sheeny Rose was there to see that cock-eyed Grace didn't come to the wake.

  • And I made Thompson agree to settle your doctor's bill and expenses with that sheeny.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • Of course me an' sheeny Joe knows I'm a liar, but what's a lie or two when you're helpin' out a shipmate?

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • If you have worked your way through the South at all, maybe you've heard of sheeny John.

    A Woman at Bay Nicholas Carter
  • Over the rosy skirts of Eos hung a full and heavy robe of swelling grey and black clouds, edged with a fringe of sheeny gold.

    Serapis, Complete Georg Ebers
  • With that out came her hatpin, and she made a lunge at sheeny Rose.

  • He told how the subject of the election was introduced by "a long thin man with a sheeny nose," who had just come in.

  • Then the sheeny track of light in the water, dancing and rippling.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
  • This wild shore was curtained with various kinds of lichen, a rich web, sheeny with moisture, like some gorgeous hanging of silk.

  • Between two smirking waxen women in sheeny drapery he saw that which brought him to a pause and set him gazing.

    To Him That Hath Leroy Scott
British Dictionary definitions for sheeny


noun (pl) sheenies
(slang) a derogatory word for a Jew
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for sheeny



: one of those Sheeny employment bureaus


  1. A Jew
  2. A pawnbroker, tailor, junkman, or member of another traditionally Jewish occupation

[1816+; origin unknown; perhaps fr non-Jewish hearing of Yiddish miesse meshina, a curse; perhaps fr Yiddish shayn or sheen, ''beautiful,'' because this is the way a merchant would praise his wares]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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