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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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 The rest of the fish community includes muskellunge, northern pike, white sucker, brown bullhead, yellow perch, spot-tail shiner, Johnny darter and a handful of other small species. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Can the walleye population rebound in McDermott Lake if bass and panfish are reduced?," 30 June 2018 Try wild shiners near and under thick vegetation for larger fish. Mark Blythe,, "Central Florida fishing forecast: June 24," 28 June 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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