verb (used without object), shone or shined, shin·ing.
verb (used with object), shone or shined, shin·ing.
Verb Phrases past and past participle shone or shined; present participle shin·ing.
- to attempt to impress (a person), especially in order to gain benefits for oneself.
- to become especially attentive to (one of the opposite sex): Men shine up to her like moths to a light.
- shin splints,
- shine up to,
- shiner perch,
- shingle oak
- regardless of the weather.
- no matter what the circumstances may be: Come rain or shine, he is always on the job.
Origin of shine1
verb shines, shining or shone
- whatever the weather
- regardless of circumstances
Word Origin for shine
Old English scinan "shed light, be radiant, be resplendent, iluminate," of persons, "be conspicuous" (class I strong verb; past tense scan, past participle scinen), from Proto-Germanic *skinan (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German skinan, Old Norse and Old Frisian skina, Dutch schijnen, German scheinen, Gothic skeinan "to shine, appear"), from PIE root *skai- (2) "to gleam, shine, flicker" (cf. Sanskrit chaya "brilliance, luster; shadow," Greek skia "shade," Old Church Slavonic sinati "to flash up, shine," Albanian he "shadow"). Transitive meaning "to black (boots)" is from 1610s. Related: Shined (in the shoe polish sense), otherwise shone; shining.
1520s, "brightness," from shine (v.). Meaning "polish given to a pair of boots" is from 1871. Derogatory meaning "black person" is from 1908. Phrase to take a shine to "fancy" is American English slang from 1839, perhaps from shine up to "attempt to please as a suitor." Shiner is from late 14c. as "something that shines;" sense of "black eye" first recorded 1904.
shine up to
Try to impress or please, be attentive to, as in George was always shining up to the teacher, or Her father warned her about men shining up to her for her money. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
In addition to the idiom beginning with shine
- shine up to
- make hay while the sun shines
- rain or shine
- rise and shine
- take a fancy (shine) to