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sheeny1

[shee-nee]
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adjective, sheen·i·er, sheen·i·est.
  1. shining; lustrous.
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Origin of sheeny1

First recorded in 1615–25; sheen + -y1

sheeny2

or shee·ney, shee·nie

[shee-nee]
noun, plural shee·nies. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jew.
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Origin of sheeny2

First recorded in 1810–20; origin obscure
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Examples from the Web for sheeny

Historical Examples

  • So I parted with my last quarter and was sent to a Sheeny store in Broadway.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

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

    The Wreck of the Titan

    Morgan Robertson

  • If you have worked your way through the South at all, maybe you've heard of Sheeny John.

    A Woman at Bay

    Nicholas Carter

  • With that out came her hatpin, and she made a lunge at Sheeny Rose.

  • “The sheeny was no good,” was all the character he gave him.

    Neighbors

    Jacob A. Riis


British Dictionary definitions for sheeny

sheeny

noun plural sheenies
  1. slang a derogatory word for a Jew
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Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin
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