[ shahy-nee ]
/ ˈʃaɪ ni /

adjective, shin·i·er, shin·i·est.

bright or glossy in appearance.
filled with light, as by sunshine.
rubbed or worn to a glossy smoothness, as clothes.

Origin of shiny

First recorded in 1580–90; shine1 + -y1


1, 2 brilliant, shining, glistening, gleaming.


shin·i·ly, adverbshin·i·ness, nounun·shin·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shinier

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The second cube came back unchanged, except that it was newer, shinier.

    Hall of Mirrors|Fredric Brown

British Dictionary definitions for shinier

/ (ˈʃaɪnɪ) /

adjective shinier or shiniest

glossy or polished; bright
(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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