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

Example Sentences

He got a shiner during a fight at school.
Recent Examples on the Web Holt and his co-researcher, Carol Johnston, wanted to find out if the blacktail shiner communicates differently in noisy areas. April Reese, Discover Magazine, 18 Apr. 2014 Heather reveals her shiner, and what sure look like scratches on her arms. oregonlive, 21 Dec. 2022 Before his death, Harvey had been working as a shoe shiner on Main Street after arriving here from Colorado in early August 1883, according to newspaper reports from the time. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 June 2022 Checker Warren Rychel wore a nasty shiner around his left eye because of Brendan Shanahan’s stick. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 4 May 2022 In 1825, a 25-year-old African American shoe shiner named Andrew Williams bought land in the middle of Manhattan, two years before slavery was abolished in New York. CBS News, 6 Feb. 2022 Three new fish species have been found in the river: the sand shiner, golden shiner and longnose gar. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Nov. 2021 Plenty of large emerald shiner minnows have been available at the local bait and tackle shops for smallmouth bass fishing, but the smaller shiners have been best for hooking perch. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 28 Oct. 2021 In the years after leaving school, Barrett worked as a shoe shiner and a jazz musician in New York, playing a regular gig at the Waldorf Astoria. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, 24 Sep. 2021 See More

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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 27 Jan. 2023.

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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