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  1. a person or thing that shines.
  2. Slang. black eye(def 1).
  3. any of various small American freshwater fishes having glistening scales, especially a minnow.
  4. any of various silvery, marine fishes, as the menhaden or butterfish.
  5. a defect in silk or synthetic filament or fabric, produced either in the process of winding or as a result of shuttle friction and appearing on fabric as a shiny streak.

Origin of shiner

1350–1400; 1900–05 for def 2; Middle English; see shine1, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for shiner

blemish, disgrace, dishonor, shame, smear, stain, stigma, shiner

Examples from the Web for shiner

Contemporary Examples of shiner

Historical Examples of shiner

  • With a bait like a ballyhoo or a shiner I could get ten bites to one with mullet.

  • If you'd looked closer, you might have just spotted the traces of the shiner Inger gave her.


    James H Schmitz

  • Finding no answer to the question, he wheeled Shiner and headed for home.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm

  • "But some flies are tied with the tail next to the snell," ventured Shiner.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others

    James Alexander Henshall

  • But the Shiner was equal to "his tricks and his manners," and soon had him in the landing-net.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others

    James Alexander Henshall

British Dictionary definitions for shiner


  1. something that shines, such as a polishing device
  2. any of numerous small North American freshwater cyprinid fishes of the genus Notropis and related genera, such as N. cornutus (common shiner) and Notemigonus crysoleucas (golden shiner)
  3. a popular name for the mackerel
  4. informal a black eye
  5. NZ old-fashioned, informal a vagrant or tramp
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