[ shahy-ning ]
/ ˈʃaɪ nɪŋ /


radiant; gleaming; bright.
resplendent; brilliant: shining talents.
conspicuously fine: a shining example.

Nearby words

  1. shingle oak,
  2. shingles,
  3. shingling,
  4. shingly,
  5. shingon,
  6. shining cuckoo,
  7. shiningly,
  8. shinju,
  9. shinkin,
  10. shinleaf

Origin of shining

before 900; Middle English s(c)hininge, schininde, Old English scinende; see shine1, -ing2

Related formsshin·ing·ly, adverbself-shin·ing, adjectiveun·shin·ing, adjective

Synonym study

1. See bright.

Origin of shine

before 900; Middle English s(c)hinen (v.), Old English scīnan; cognate with Dutch schijnen, German scheinen, Old Norse skīna, Gothic skeinan

1. glimmer, shimmer. Shine, beam, glare refer to the emitting or reflecting of light. Shine refers to a steady glowing or reflecting of light: to shine in the sun. That which beams gives forth a radiant or bright light: to beam like a star. Glare refers to the shining of a light that is not only bright but so strong as to be unpleasant and dazzling: to glare like a headlight. 9. buff, burnish, brighten. 11. gloss, gleam, glow, sheen.

Related formsun·shined, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shining


/ (ʃaɪn) /

verb shines, shining or shone


Word Origin for shine

Old English scīnan; related to Old Norse skīna, Gothic skeinan, Old High German scīnan to shine, Greek skia shadow

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Word Origin and History for shining
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with shining


In addition to the idiom beginning with shine

  • shine up to

also see:

  • make hay while the sun shines
  • rain or shine
  • rise and shine
  • take a fancy (shine) to
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