adjective, shin·i·er, shin·i·est.
  1. bright or glossy in appearance.
  2. filled with light, as by sunshine.
  3. rubbed or worn to a glossy smoothness, as clothes.

Origin of shiny

First recorded in 1580–90; shine1 + -y1
Related formsshin·i·ly, adverbshin·i·ness, nounun·shin·y, adjective

Synonyms for shiny

1, 2. brilliant, shining, glistening, gleaming. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for shinier

Historical Examples of shinier

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

    Hall of Mirrors

    Fredric Brown

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.


    W. E. B. Du Bois

British Dictionary definitions for shinier


adjective shinier or shiniest
  1. glossy or polished; bright
  2. (of clothes or material) worn to a smooth and glossy state, as by continual rubbing
Derived Formsshininess, noun
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Word Origin and History for shinier



1580s, from shine (n.) + -y (2). As a noun meaning "a shiny object" (also "money") from 1856. Related: Shininess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper