shinny

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[shin-ee]
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noun, plural shin·nies.
  1. a simple variety of hockey, played with a ball, block of wood, or the like, and clubs curved at one end.
  2. the club used.
verb (used without object), shin·nied, shin·ny·ing.
  1. to play shinny.
  2. to drive the ball at shinny.

Origin of shinny

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First recorded in 1665–75; variant of shin ye, cry used in the game

shinny

2
[shin-ee]
verb (used without object), shin·nied, shin·ny·ing.
  1. shin1(def 5): He shinnied up the tree.

Origin of shinny

2
1850–55, Americanism; apparently derivative of shin1; source of -y is unclear
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Related Words for shinny

bandy, hurley, hurling, shinny, shinty

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Word Origin and History for shinny
v.

"to climb a rope, pole, etc.," 1888, from use of shins and ankles to do so; see shin (n.). Earlier simply shin (1829). Related: Shinnied; shinnying.

n.

also shinney, primitive form of hockey, 1670s, perhaps from Gaelic sinteag "a bound, a leap." OED suggests origin from shin ye "the cry used in the game."

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