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adjective,shin·i·er, shin·i·est.
  1. bright or glossy in appearance.

  2. filled with light, as by sunshine.

  1. rubbed or worn to a glossy smoothness, as clothes.

Origin of shiny

First recorded in 1580–90; shine1 + -y1

Other words for shiny

Other words from shiny

  • shin·i·ly, adverb
  • shin·i·ness, noun
  • un·shin·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use shiny in a sentence

  • We agreed that our car had never looked handsomer and shinier since our first day of ownership.

    The Car That Went Abroad | Albert Bigelow Paine
  • This softens the surface fibers, and they can then be rolled flatter and hence take a shinier surface.

    From Paper-mill to Pressroom | William Bond Wheelwright
  • That is, Charley grew rosier, and George's smooth black skin grew shinier, which was the same thing—for him.

  • Many were bigger than mine, with newer and shinier things, but they did not seem to differ in kind.

    Darkwater | W. E. B. Du Bois
  • At the end of the gully was a new Teal bug, shinier than the ancient lost chariot, but equally gay and uncomfortable.

    Free Air | Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for shiny


/ (ˈʃaɪnɪ) /

adjectiveshinier or shiniest
  1. glossy or polished; bright

  2. (of clothes or material) worn to a smooth and glossy state, as by continual rubbing

Derived forms of shiny

  • shininess, noun

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