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.
Recent Examples on the Web As Lake Erie continues to cool in the coming weeks, expect trout to start move in and feed on nymphs and small streamers worked under a float, and small jigs tipped with maggots, waxworms and shiner minnows. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Get ready for the fall steelhead trout fishing: NE Ohio fishing report for the weekend of Sept. 11-13," 10 Sep. 2020 Fresh emerald shiner minnows have been difficult to find. cleveland, "Lake Erie bass fishing sparkles: Cleveland-area fishing report for the weekend of Aug. 13-16, 2020," 13 Aug. 2020 The violence broke out in May 1921, when a mob of white people clashed with several armed black men who had gathered to protect a shoe shiner who was unjustly accused of assaulting a white woman. CBS News, "A white mob destroyed Tulsa's "Black Wall Street" a century ago. Descendants still feel the trauma.," 19 June 2020 Live native shiners also are very effective, particularly when fishing for largemouths. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 There were dark circles under my eyes that looked like shiners. Jenna Birch,, "Before She Was Diagnosed With Small Fiber Polyneuropathy, Doctors Misdiagnosed This Woman's Pain for 18 Years," 20 May 2020 Live native shiners also are very effective, particularly when fishing for largemouths. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Beginner’s Guide to Catching Your First Fish," 11 May 2020 During these seasons, walleyes move closer to shore—i.e., within fly-casting range—to gorge on baitfish, such as gizzard shad and emerald shiners. Andrew Pegman, Field & Stream, "How to Flyfish for Walleyes at Night," 10 Apr. 2020 Norm whispers that we’re being gouged by the shiner prices. Will Ryan, Field & Stream, "Getting Wild on the Ice for Yellow Perch," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of shiner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Sep 2020

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“Shiner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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Kids Definition of shiner

: a small silvery American freshwater fish


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