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.

Nearby words

  1. shinny,
  2. shinola,
  3. shinplaster,
  4. shinto,
  5. shinty,
  6. ship,
  7. ship biscuit,
  8. ship canal,
  9. ship chandler,
  10. ship decanter

Origin of shiny

First recorded in 1580–90; shine1 + -y1

1, 2. brilliant, shining, glistening, gleaming.

Related formsshin·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


adjective shinier or shiniest

glossy or polished; bright
(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.

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