- the 13th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin of shīn
- the front part of the lower leg
- the front edge of the tibia
- mainly British a cut of beef, the lower foreleg
- (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
- the 21st letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ש), transliterated as sh
Word Origin and History for shīn
Old English scinu "shin, fore part of the lower leg," from Proto-Germanic *skino "thin piece" (cf. Dutch scheen, Old High German scina, German Schienbein "shin, shinbones"), from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split" (see shed (v.)). Shin splints is attested from 1930.
"to climb by using arms and legs" (originally a nautical word), 1829, from shin (n.). Related: Shinned; shinning.
- The front part of the leg located below the knee and above the ankle.
- The tibia.