shin·​er | \ ˈshī-nər How to pronounce shiner (audio) \

Definition of shiner

1 : one that shines
2 : a silvery fish especially : any of numerous small freshwater American cyprinid fishes (especially genus Notropis) — compare golden shiner

Examples of shiner in a Sentence

He got a shiner during a fight at school.

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Each barbershop employs between 12 and 15 hairstylists, shoe shiners and a manager. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Hair Saloon plans Houston expansion," 10 July 2018 Swimbaits, Senkos and wild shiners work best near vegetation in turns throughout the river. Mark Blythe,, "Cental Florida fishing forecast: July 9," 7 July 2018 The rest of the fish community includes muskellunge, northern pike, white sucker, brown bullhead, yellow perch, spot-tail shiner, Johnny darter and a handful of other small species. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Can the walleye population rebound in McDermott Lake if bass and panfish are reduced?," 30 June 2018 Try wild shiners near and under thick vegetation for larger fish. Mark Blythe,, "Central Florida fishing forecast: June 24," 28 June 2018 But Blagojevich was also a hard worker during his school years, taking jobs as a shoe shiner, pizza delivery person and a meat packer to help the family get by, Biography reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Who is Rod Blagojevich, why could President Trump pardon him?," 31 May 2018 With that, Steyer had earned his spurs, complete with a pair of shiners to exhibit to the resistance. Max Abelson,, "Call Him Mr. Impeachment: Tom Steyer’s War Against Donald Trump," 25 Apr. 2018 Some take the trade to a whole new level: A shiner in Tokyo offers a flute of champagne during his hourlong sessions. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘Sami Blood’ and ‘Amo’," 9 Apr. 2018 Bolivian lawmakers had planned to set the minimum working age at 14, but that idea led to riots as shoe shiners and other child workers — some as young as 10 — clashed with police in 2013. Tracey Eaton, USA TODAY, "Would you let your 10-year-old kid work? It's perfectly legal in this country," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of shiner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Kids Definition of shiner

: a small silvery American freshwater fish


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