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adjective, shin·i·er, shin·i·est.
  1. bright or glossy in appearance.
  2. filled with light, as by sunshine.
  3. rubbed or worn to a glossy smoothness, as clothes.
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Origin of shiny

First recorded in 1580–90; shine1 + -y1
Related formsshin·i·ly, adverbshin·i·ness, nounun·shin·y, adjective

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1, 2. brilliant, shining, glistening, gleaming.
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Related Words for shiny

polished, slick, sparkling, gleaming, glossy, lustrous, clear, satiny, sunny, agleam, burnished, sheeny

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British Dictionary definitions for shiny


adjective shinier or shiniest
  1. glossy or polished; bright
  2. (of clothes or material) worn to a smooth and glossy state, as by continual rubbing
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Derived Formsshininess, noun
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Word Origin and History for shiny


1580s, from shine (n.) + -y (2). As a noun meaning "a shiny object" (also "money") from 1856. Related: Shininess.

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