\ ˈshī-nē How to pronounce shiny (audio) \
shinier; shiniest

Definition of shiny

1 : having a smooth glossy surface shiny new shoes
2a : bright with the rays of the sun : sunshiny
b : filled with light
3 : rubbed or worn smooth
4 : lustrous with natural secretions a shiny nose

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Other Words from shiny

shininess noun

Examples of shiny in a Sentence

we could see our reflections in the shiny surface of the marble walls
Recent Examples on the Web Addressing these three seemingly nontech issues would do more to enable a tech-forward government than any newfangled shiny object. Danah Boyd, Wired, "The Biden Administration Needs a VP of Engineering, Not a CTO," 23 Dec. 2020 The appearance of the chocolate varied from shiny to matte. Washington Post, "Hot cocoa bombs are the perfect storm of viral food trends," 21 Dec. 2020 Garage shelves are filled with license plate homes of all sizes and configurations, the dark letters punctuated with shiny, silver rivets that hold the structures together. Vincent T. Davis,, "Retired San Antonio educator finds peace in building houses for birds and bats," 29 Nov. 2020 Slowly add the hot milk to the melted chocolate and stir until the mixture is smooth and shiny. Akili King, Vogue, "6 Chefs Share Their Favorite Vegan Recipes For the Holiday Season," 24 Nov. 2020 Beat in eggs, 1 at a time (dough will be smooth and shiny). Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Cherry-Caramel Ice Cream Puffs," 30 Apr. 2020 The surface is shiny but doesn't appear to be reflective. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Unexplained metal monolith discovered in remote area of Utah's Red Rock Country," 24 Nov. 2020 People, much like crows, are attracted to bright and shiny objects. Rochelle O’gorman, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The Russian Pink’ offers jewels, thrills, and sneaky characters," 17 Nov. 2020 Kilgore thinks the researchers are chasing another shiny tech object, instead of providing the personal support that has proved effective. Sidney Fussell, Wired, "Apps Are Now Putting the Parole Agent in Your Pocket," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of shiny

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shiny was in 1558

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15 Jan 2021

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“Shiny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce shiny (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shiny

: having a smooth, shining, bright appearance


\ ˈshī-nē How to pronounce shiny (audio) \
shinier; shiniest

Kids Definition of shiny

: having a smooth bright appearance a shiny new car

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