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[shahy-nee] /ˈʃaɪ ni/
adjective, shinier, shiniest.
bright or glossy in appearance.
filled with light, as by sunshine.
rubbed or worn to a glossy smoothness, as clothes.
Origin of shiny
First recorded in 1580-90; shine1 + -y1
Related forms
shinily, adverb
shininess, noun
unshiny, adjective
1, 2. brilliant, shining, glistening, gleaming. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for shininess
Historical Examples
  • Out of all nature they felt their function was to extract the grayness and shininess.

  • His friends had long remarked the disappearance of his shininess.

    Rogues and Vagabonds George R. Sims
  • For example, hardness and shininess are qualities of the substance iron.

  • Kriijorl was smiling, and there was a shininess in Judith's eyes.

  • The furniture sold by the payment houses always shows its source in its heaviness and shininess.

    The Upward Path Various
  • We'd gotten them in my junior year, and it only took a couple months for the shininess to wear off.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • His eye caught an old tub, its shininess dulled, its hull faintly scarred.

    Runaway William Morrison
  • Mr. Jabez gave premonitory symptoms of a small joke by increasing in shininess.

    Rogues and Vagabonds George R. Sims
  • So when you throw slurs on our plumb newness and shininess, I've got the cards to call yuh.

    The Happy Family Bertha Muzzy Bower
British Dictionary definitions for shininess


adjective shinier, shiniest
glossy or polished; bright
(of clothes or material) worn to a smooth and glossy state, as by continual rubbing
Derived Forms
shininess, noun
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Word Origin and History for shininess



1580s, from shine (n.) + -y (2). As a noun meaning "a shiny object" (also "money") from 1856. Related: Shininess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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