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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.
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verb (used without object), shin·nied, shin·ny·ing.
  1. to play shinny.
  2. to drive the ball at shinny.
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Origin of shinny1

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


verb (used without object), shin·nied, shin·ny·ing.
  1. shin1(def 5): He shinnied up the tree.
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Origin of shinny2

1850–55, Americanism; apparently derivative of shin1; source of -y is unclear
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Examples from the Web for shinnying

Historical Examples

  • If hed attacked us while we were shinnying up, it would have been all over for us.

    Bobby Blake on a Plantation

    Frank A. Warner

  • The first pipe-cleaner man was shinnying up the power cable.


    Cory Doctorow

  • "Shinnying" up to the slippery mow with real agility, he there paused and regarded Katharine with an expression of great pride.

    The Brass Bound Box

    Evelyn Raymond

Word Origin and History for shinnying



"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.

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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper