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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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  • He trailed sulkily in and the trio sat down in the little wire-backed chairs before a round, shiny table.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • Fishing in his sewn pocket, he withdrew a single, shiny coin.

    Wizard Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
  • He was round and fat, shiny black, with a white star in his forehead, and four white feet.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • The flat, streamlined bulk of a flying machine, shiny and new.

    The Eternal Wall Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • A strange idea popped into her head as she used those sharp, shiny scissors.

    Grand-Daddy Whiskers, M.D. Nellie M. Leonard
British Dictionary definitions for shiny


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 shiny

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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