[ shoo-shahyn ]
/ ˈʃuˌʃaɪn /


an act or instance of cleaning and polishing a pair of shoes.
the surface of a polished shoe or shoes.

Nearby words

  1. shoeless,
  2. shoemaker,
  3. shoemaker-levy 9,
  4. shoepac,
  5. shoer,
  6. shoestring,
  7. shoestring catch,
  8. shoestring potatoes,
  9. shoestring root rot,
  10. shoestring tackle

Origin of shoeshine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shoe-shine

  • You with your pretty man suit and your hair and finger-nails polished like a shoe-shine.

  • She has dressed in a red sweater and plied her trade, for a day, as a shoe-shine boy.

    An Ocean Tramp|William McFee
  • Of course one has to clean one's own boots, unless one is near a "Shoe-shine Parlour" in some large town.

    Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan|Frances Halton Eva Hasell

British Dictionary definitions for shoe-shine


/ (ˈʃuːˌʃaɪn) /


the act or an instance of polishing a pair of shoes
the appearance or shiny surface of polished shoes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for shoe-shine



1911, from shoe (n.) + shine (n.). One who shines shoes for money was a shoeblacker (1755).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper