[ shin-plas-ter, -plah-ster ]
/ ˈʃɪnˌplæs tər, -ˌplɑ stər /


a plaster for the shin or leg.
Informal. (formerly)
  1. a piece of paper money of a denomination lower than one dollar.
  2. money of little value, as that issued on insufficient security.

Words nearby shinplaster

Origin of shinplaster

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25; shin1 + plaster Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shinplaster

  • If evry boddy had a fashun ov their own, it wud make az mutch trubble az a shinplaster kurrensy.

    Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings|Henry Wheeler Shaw
  • The Shinplaster was in the shape of a promissory note, made payable on demand.

    Three Years in Europe|William Wells Brown

British Dictionary definitions for shinplaster

/ (ˈʃɪnˌplɑːstə) /


US, Canadian and Australian a promissory note on brittle paper, issued by an individual

Word Origin for shinplaster

C19: so called because of its resemblance to a sticking plaster
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