Shiba Inu


Shi·​ba Inu ˈshē-bä-ˈē-nü How to pronounce Shiba Inu (audio)
: any of a breed of small thick-coated agile dogs developed in Japan

Examples of Shiba Inu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not while working in the studio, however, or while walking his dog, Uni, a Shiba Inu, around his neighborhood with his longtime roommate Lydia Sukato, the operations director at Peter Do, and his boyfriend Matthew Jamison, the design director at Le Labo Fragrances. Jessica Testa, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 The 12-year-old Shiba Inu, also known as Ball Ball, underwent thoracentesis surgery on Friday but never woke up, his owner, Kathy, wrote in a post on Instagram. Emily Blumenthal, CNN, 21 Aug. 2023 Over the last 24 hours, as Bitcoin hovers near $30,200, Pepe coin is up more than 50%, while Dogecoin and Shiba Inu are up 4.3% and 9.6%, respectively, according to CoinMarketCap. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune Crypto, 22 June 2023 The latest evidence provided to substantiate the claim was the temporary change of Twitter’s logo between April 3 and April 6, replacing the familiar blue bird with the Shiba Inu from Dogecoin. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 2 June 2023 Elon Musk replaces Twitter bird with Shiba Inu Twitter’s traditional bird icon has been replaced (temporarily?) with a Shiba Inu dog. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 4 Apr. 2023 Last year the cutest crown went to Gordon the Shiba Inu. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 23 June 2023 To create further chaos, the Twitter bird logo on the site was inexplicably changed to a picture of a Shiba Inu, the canine symbol of the digital token Dogecoin. The Week Staff, The Week, 9 Apr. 2023 One month before the shooting, a woman was violently mugged in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood; the thieves took her French bulldog puppy, Chloe, but left her Shiba Inu. Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone, 1 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History


Japanese shiba-inu, from shiba brushwood + inu dog

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Shiba Inu was in 1982

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“Shiba Inu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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