[ shin ]
/ ʃɪn /


the front part of the leg from the knee to the ankle.
the lower part of the foreleg in cattle.
the shinbone or tibia, especially its sharp edge or front portion.
Chiefly British. a cut of beef similar to the U.S. shank, usually cut into small pieces for stewing.

verb (used with or without object), shinned, shin·ning.

to climb by holding fast with the hands or arms and legs and drawing oneself up.

Nearby words

  1. shimla,
  2. shimmer,
  3. shimmery,
  4. shimmy,
  5. shimonoseki,
  6. shin bet,
  7. shin guard,
  8. shin splints,
  9. shinar,
  10. shinbone

Origin of shin

before 1000; Middle English shine, Old English scinu; cognate with Dutch scheen, German Schien(bein)


[ sheen, shin ]
/ ʃin, ʃɪn /


the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
the consonant sound represented by this letter.

Origin of shin

1895–1900; < Hebrew shīn, akin to shēn tooth


[ sheen ]
/ ʃin /


the 13th letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin of shīn

From Arabic


[ shin, sheen ]
/ ʃɪn, ʃin /

noun Buddhism.

a Japanese offshoot of the Pure Land Sect, requiring only faith in Amida for salvation through his accumulated merit.

Origin of Shin

1895–1900; < Japanese: literally, faith < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese zhēn truth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shin


/ (ʃɪn) /


the front part of the lower leg
the front edge of the tibia
mainly British a cut of beef, the lower foreleg

verb shins, shinning or shinned

(when intr, often foll by up) to climb (a pole, tree, etc) by gripping with the hands or arms and the legs and hauling oneself up
(tr) to kick (a person) in the shins

Word Origin for shin

Old English scinu; related to Old High German scina needle, Norwegian dialect skina small disc


the 21st letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ש), transliterated as sh

Word Origin for shin

from Hebrew shīn, literally: tooth

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Word Origin and History for shin
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Medicine definitions for shin


[ shĭn ]


The front part of the leg located below the knee and above the ankle.
The tibia.

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