Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

shin

play
noun \ˈshin\

Definition of shin

  1. :  the front part of the vertebrate leg below the knee



Origin and Etymology of shin

Middle English shine, from Old English scinu; akin to Old High German scina shin, Old English scīa shin, leg


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with shin


2

shin

verb

Definition of shin

shinned

shinning

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  shinny

  3. 2 :  to move forward rapidly on foot

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to kick or strike on the shins

  6. 2 :  to climb by shinnying



1829

First Known Use of shin

1829


3

shin

play
noun \ˈshēn, ˈshin\

Definition of shin

  1. :  the 22d letter of the Hebrew alphabet — see alphabet table



Origin and Etymology of shin

Hebrew shīn


First Known Use: circa 1823


Shin

play
noun \ˈshin, ˈshēn\

Definition of Shin

  1. :  a major Japanese Buddhist sect that emphasizes salvation by faith in exclusive worship of Amida Buddha



Origin and Etymology of shin

Japanese, literally, truth


First Known Use: 1877

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Rhymes with shin


SHIN Defined for Kids

1

shin

play
noun \ˈshin\

Definition of shin for Students

  1. :  the front part of the leg below the knee




2

shin

play
verb

Definition of shin for Students

shinned

shinning

  1. :  shinny




Medical Dictionary

shin

play
noun \ˈshin\

Medical Definition of shin

  1. :  the front part of the leg below the knee




Learn More about shin


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up shin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

mysterious, holy, or spiritual

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

interruption megillah torrent rebellion
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ