Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[shin-ee] /ˈʃɪn i/
noun, plural shinnies.
a simple variety of hockey, played with a ball, block of wood, or the like, and clubs curved at one end.
the club used.
verb (used without object), shinnied, shinnying.
to play shinny.
to drive the ball at shinny.
Origin of shinny1
First recorded in 1665-75; variant of shin ye, cry used in the game


[shin-ee] /ˈʃɪn i/
verb (used without object), shinnied, shinnying.
shin1 (def 5):
He shinnied up the tree.
1850-55, Americanism; apparently derivative of shin1; source of -y is unclear Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for shinnied
Historical Examples
  • With considerable difficulty he had shinnied up the table leg, and had hoisted himself over the awkwardly projecting table edge.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • Smaller images, no more than two inches high, shinnied up a table leg.

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • Silently, the manikin clasped the nearest table leg, shinnied up and hauled himself over the top.

  • He must have lost his nerve when he made out your smoke and shinnied up there to stow away, taking the ship's papers with him.

  • Keeping a lookout over his shoulder he dragged the heavy lump of metal to the fence, boosted it over, and shinnied after it.

    In Pawn Ellis Parker Butler
Word Origin and History for shinnied



"to climb a rope, pole, etc.," 1888, from use of shins and ankles to do so; see shin (n.). Earlier simply shin (1829). Related: Shinnied; shinnying.



also shinney, primitive form of hockey, 1670s, perhaps from Gaelic sinteag "a bound, a leap." OED suggests origin from shin ye "the cry used in the game."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for shinnied



To climb a rope, pole, wall, etc

[1888+; fr the use of shins and ankles in climbing a rope or pole]

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

Word of the Day

Nearby words for shinnied

Word Value for shinnied

Scrabble Words With Friends