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 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,, 24 Sep. 2021 Emerald shiner minnows are now available at the local bait shops, and most fishermen are cutting the large minnows in half to encourage the perch to bite. cleveland, 26 Aug. 2021 Hiram's story starts when his father, a shoe shiner, hears rumors about a town called Riverdale being home to palladium. Samantha Highfill,, 19 Aug. 2021 As for Tom, some photos of him looking bedraggled and sporting a shiner were making the rounds last week. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 16 Aug. 2021 Ellsworth recalled interviewing massacre survivor Robert Fairchild, who worked alongside Rowland as a shoe shiner, in 1978. Lakshmi Gandhi, NBC News, 30 May 2021 The best fishing required a bit of wind to lure the perch to their crappie rings tipped with emerald shiner minnows. cleveland, 20 May 2021 The eccentric Bauer likes to occasionally throw a pitch with one eye closed, and Olson had a shiner at the time, the result of a freak batting-practice accident. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 May 2021 Volunteer bike paramedic Judith Treviño checks the blood pressure of a shoe shiner who works in the main square. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of shiner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Sep 2021

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“Shiner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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: a small silvery American freshwater fish


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