noun, plural shin·nies.

a simple variety of hockey, played with a ball, block of wood, or the like, and clubs curved at one end.
the club used.

verb (used without object), shin·nied, shin·ny·ing.

to play shinny.
to drive the ball at shinny.

Nearby words

  1. shinju,
  2. shinkin,
  3. shinleaf,
  4. shinner,
  5. shinnery,
  6. shinola,
  7. shinplaster,
  8. shinto,
  9. shinty,
  10. shiny

Origin of shinny

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



verb (used without object), shin·nied, shin·ny·ing.

shin1(def 5): He shinnied up the tree.

Origin of shinny

1850–55, Americanism; apparently derivative of shin1; source of -y is unclear Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shinnying

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

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

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