\ 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 Bake until the top is shiny and cracked and feels firm to the touch, about 22 to 25 minutes. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 11 Sep. 2020 The skin should be shiny and free of cuts, bruises and decay. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Have a garden load of zucchini? Pair with summer corn for fresh tasting relish," 28 Aug. 2020 Investors may soon find out whether SPACs are a new way of doing business or just the latest shiny object in a bull market. Crystal Tse,, "Blank Check IPOs, the Status Symbol of 2020, Have Raised $32 Billion This Year," 27 Aug. 2020 Over the past few days, the shiny metal has retreated a bit, closing 5% off its summit at $1,946 on Aug. 12. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "What’s driving the new gold rush?," 15 Aug. 2020 For most people, the shiny stuff is attractive: the physicality, the fashion, the idea of stepping outside themselves in creating a new persona. Gabrielle Puglisi, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Rough-and-Tumble Sport of Roller Derby Is All About Community," 12 Mar. 2020 For the chocolate glaze: While the cake cools, make the shiny chocolate glaze. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "First taste of fall arrives with lots of ways to pumpkin spice up your life in Louisville," 9 Sep. 2020 The garment, by artist Mitchell Gaudet, is made of shiny metal segments that seem to rise like Champagne bubbles. Doug Maccash,, "New Ogden museum exhibit captures the dreadful 2020 gestalt with bullets, blood and tears," 8 Sep. 2020 His belt buckle is big and shiny, and the brim on his hat turns up sharply on the sides. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, "Portraits from the pandemic’s front lines," 7 Sep. 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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23 Sep 2020

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“Shiny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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