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Origin of sheeny

First recorded in 1615–25; sheen + -y1



or shee·ney, shee·nie

noun, plural shee·nies. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jew.

Origin of sheeny

First recorded in 1810–20; origin obscure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of sheeny

  • 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.


    Jacob A. Riis

British Dictionary definitions for sheeny


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

Word Origin for sheeny

C19: of unknown origin
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