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shiner

[shahy-ner] /ˈʃaɪ nər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that shines.
2.
Slang. black eye (def 1).
3.
any of various small American freshwater fishes having glistening scales, especially a minnow.
4.
any of various silvery, marine fishes, as the menhaden or butterfish.
5.
a defect in silk or synthetic filament or fabric, produced either in the process of winding or as a result of shuttle friction and appearing on fabric as a shiny streak.
Origin of shiner
1350-1400
1350-1400; 1900-05 for def 2; Middle English; see shine1, -er1
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  • The driver, and owner as it appeared, was really a handsome man; his companion was shiner.

  • "But some flies are tied with the tail next to the snell," ventured shiner.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • Jim, how would you like to have this shiner for your first wedding-fee?

  • But the shiner was equal to "his tricks and his manners," and soon had him in the landing-net.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • But here, what we came down to find out was about shiner's boy.

    To The Front Charles King
  • Go sit by shiner and give him water till I spoil a few of these voters.

    To The Front Charles King
  • In my opinion the very best bait is fish; trout, pickerel, shiner or any other fresh fish, being all about equally good.

    Mink Trapping A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • Yet Geordie had often heard of mysterious doings at shiner's that would not bear official investigation—had heard and kept silent.

    To The Front Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for shiner

shiner

/ˈʃaɪnə/
noun
1.
something that shines, such as a polishing device
2.
any of numerous small North American freshwater cyprinid fishes of the genus Notropis and related genera, such as N. cornutus (common shiner) and Notemigonus crysoleucas (golden shiner)
3.
a popular name for the mackerel
4.
(informal) a black eye
5.
(NZ, old-fashioned, informal) a vagrant or tramp
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Slang definitions & phrases for shiner

shiner

noun

  1. A bruise near the eye; black eye, mouse: a pip of a shiner (1904+)
  2. A shiny table top or other mirrorlike surface a dealer can use to see the faces of the cards he deals (1909+ Gambling)
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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