- the front part of the leg from the knee to the ankle.
- the lower part of the foreleg in cattle.
- the shinbone or tibia, especially its sharp edge or front portion.
- Chiefly British. a cut of beef similar to the U.S. shank, usually cut into small pieces for stewing.
- to climb by holding fast with the hands or arms and legs and drawing oneself up.
Origin of shin1
Examples from the Web for shinning
Shinning was not my customary attitude, but it was not mine 'to make reply.'The Affair at the Inn
Kate Douglas Wiggin
The nutlets which follow are brown, shinning and somewhat wrinkled.Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants
A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Up the wall, by means of cracks and tufts, was shinning a small boy.Huntingtower
So Tom laid his bones to it, shinning up as fast as he could and dragging up his rod after him.The Ontario Readers
Ontario Ministry of Education
He had figured on grabbing one of the guns and shinning up to the friendly crotch, there to despatch his foe at leisure.Bert Wilson in the Rockies
J. W. Duffield
- the front part of the lower leg
- the front edge of the tibia
- mainly British a cut of beef, the lower foreleg
- (when intr, often foll by up) to climb (a pole, tree, etc) by gripping with the hands or arms and the legs and hauling oneself up
- (tr) to kick (a person) in the shins
- the 21st letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ש), transliterated as sh
Word Origin and History for shinning
Old English scinu "shin, fore part of the lower leg," from Proto-Germanic *skino "thin piece" (cf. Dutch scheen, Old High German scina, German Schienbein "shin, shinbones"), from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split" (see shed (v.)). Shin splints is attested from 1930.
"to climb by using arms and legs" (originally a nautical word), 1829, from shin (n.). Related: Shinned; shinning.
- The front part of the leg located below the knee and above the ankle.
- The tibia.