[ shahy-ner ]
/ ˈʃaɪ nər /


a person or thing that shines.
any of various small American freshwater fishes having glistening scales, especially a minnow.
any of various silvery, marine fishes, as the menhaden or butterfish.
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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shiner

/ (ˈʃaɪnə) /


something that shines, such as a polishing device
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)
a popular name for the mackerel
informal a black eye
NZ old-fashioned, informal a vagrant or tramp
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