shiner

noun

shin·​er ˈshī-nər How to pronounce shiner (audio)
1
: one that shines
2
: a silvery fish
especially : any of numerous small freshwater American cyprinid fishes (especially genus Notropis) compare golden shiner
3

Examples of shiner in a Sentence

He got a shiner during a fight at school.
Recent Examples on the Web In Iowa, the majority of the deceased fish were minnows, shiners, dace, or chub, though thousands of channel catfish and at least 264 flatheads were killed, too, along with carp and sunfish. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 3 Apr. 2024 On a trip two days earlier, Daniel set up his anglers with live wild shiners for bait, which produced three bass over 7 pounds. Steve Waters, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Daniel wacky rigs the soft-plastic stick bait on a size 4/0 shiner hook, which has a wire weedguard to limit the number of times the hook point snags on vegetation. Steve Waters, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 In some states, for instance, using a cast net is lawful for catching shiners, river baitfish, and tidewater minnows. Bob McNally, Outdoor Life, 4 Jan. 2024 The mystery of Heather Gay's season 3 shiner is finally solved. Maggie Kreienberg, Peoplemag, 3 Jan. 2024 Wilbert Boyce, believed to be Savannah's last shoe shiner, has decided to retire — marking the end of an era for Boyce and his vanishing craft. David Begnaud, CBS News, 22 Sep. 2023 Fleeing Kabul Mohammad had worked for much of his young life, first as a shoe shiner and mechanic’s helper at an auto shop, then at a Kabul hospital, cleaning bathrooms and mopping floors, providing meager means for his family to allow his younger siblings to get an education. USA TODAY, 13 Aug. 2023 Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher reported in their 2016 book, Trump Revealed, that Trump’s elementary school friends didn’t remember young Donald giving his teacher a shiner, and that the schoolteacher in question, one Charles Walker, never mentioned it. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 8 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shiner was in the 14th century

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“Shiner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shiner. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

shiner

noun
shin·​er ˈshī-nər How to pronounce shiner (audio)
1
: one that shines
2
: a silvery fish
especially : any of numerous small freshwater American fishes related to the carp
3

Medical Definition

shiner

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