\ 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 Paul Fitts was a handsome man with a soft Tennessee drawl, analytically minded but with a shiny wave of Brylcreemed hair, Elvis-like, which projected a certain suave nonconformity. Wired, "How the Dumb Design of a WWII Plane Led to the Macintosh," 13 Nov. 2019 Mission bakery Craftsman & Wolves started making an artisanal version with a shiny deep amber crust in 2014. Janelle Bitker,, "San Francisco chefs find nostalgia in Japanese milk bread," 13 Nov. 2019 Only eight lucky contestants will get the chance to guess prices and win appliances, cash or even a shiny new car. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Here’s how to get tickets to ‘The Price is Right Live,’ coming to Georgia next spring," 12 Nov. 2019 Next to the space Scott might be moving into is a large shiny headstone displaying the smiling face of a young black kid. CBS News, "Book excerpt: "Black Widow" by Leslie Gray Streeter," 8 Nov. 2019 Rebecca Ferguson is entrancing as cult leader Rose the Hat, drawing the most vulnerable, shiny, steamy prey into her trap. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘Doctor Sleep’ can’t escape ‘The Shining’: Tribune News Service film review," 6 Nov. 2019 The backside also features the only branding — a shiny black Windows logo is centered on the kickstand portion. CNN Money, "Microsoft's Surface Pro X is for many, but not everyone yet," 5 Nov. 2019 Both were brash, outspoken, greenback worshipping, tabloid icons obsessed with building taller, shinier skyscrapers. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The symbolic perfection of Trump as a Florida man," 3 Nov. 2019 Both will play at home against opponents to be announced, but only one walked off the the gold, shiny trophy. Jeremiah Kirven,, "La Salle holds on to take down Elder 27-25 to win the GCL-South Title," 2 Nov. 2019

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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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19 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Shiny.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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