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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Emerald shiner minnows are a top bait for bass and perch, but very hard to find at local bait shops. D'arcy Egan,, "Lake Erie’s fish of the future have arrived: Aug. 16 Fishing Report," 16 Aug. 2019 In the week since being knocked unconscious in a home plate collision in Houston, catcher has walked around sporting a shiner and spoken as though plagued by a cold. Maria Torres,, "Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy will have surgery to repair broken nose," 14 July 2019 Smallmouth anglers are casting tube jigs, drop shot rigs and live bait rigs with crayfish or shiner minnows around structure in 24 to 28 feet of water. D'arcy Egan,, "Lake Erie walleye fishing still a party, despite weather: May 21 Fishing Report," 21 June 2019 In fact, more than half the stars seen in our sky that appear to be single shiners are actually systems of two, three, or even more stars revolving around each other. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: Let the Big Dipper be your guide for more stargazing," 9 June 2019 That total includes about 645 game fish, such as bass or sunfish, and a large number of small, non-game fish, such as shiners and minnows and the slackwater darters. Dennis Pillion |,, "Thousands of fish killed after sewage spill in Athens," 5 June 2019 In order to help out his family, Christopher took on several jobs, including a gig as a shoe shiner. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "8 Facts About CNCO That’ll Make You Love Them Even More," 28 May 2019 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

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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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