\ˈshī-nē \
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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shininess noun

Examples of shiny in a Sentence

we could see our reflections in the shiny surface of the marble walls

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Crystal methamphetamine looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks. Alexis Stevens, The Seattle Times, "Georgia tallies meth’s toll: Nearly 20 percent of those killed by police in state test positive for it," 20 Nov. 2018 The full line includes a series of just-shiny-enough silver pots and pans, but the star of the show is the Dutchess, a 6.76-quart Dutch oven that comes in a rainbow of colors. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Say hello to the world’s most Instagrammable Dutch oven," 8 Nov. 2018 David Weathers sported a shiny silver zoot suit right out of the Roaring '20s. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Uecker Trip' dress-up theme the latest in great Brewers airplane attire," 18 June 2018 All the while, the 65-year-old head coach continued to hammer into his players' brains that no one is going to be intimidated by U-M's shiny new Big Ten Tournament trophy. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball ready for NCAA tournament after week of work," 10 Mar. 2018 Shortly after winning the Best Actress Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday, Frances McDormand was briefly separated from her shiny new trophy. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "[UPDATED] Someone Tried to Steal Queen Frances McDormand’s Oscar at an After Party," 5 Mar. 2018 Both Planet 13 and Burning Man are shiny and neon, vaguely nature-y yet futuristic. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Weed and luxury in Las Vegas," 15 Nov. 2018 Of course, such a special occasion also calls for a particularly special outfit, so Kylie opted for the shiniest and squeakiest thing in her closet. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Casually Slipped Into Head-To-Toe Red PVC For Her BFF Jordyn Woods' 21st Birthday Party," 2 Oct. 2018 Add sugar and stir until mixture is smooth and shiny. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Black-Bottom Brownies," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of shiny

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of shiny

: having a smooth, shining, bright appearance


\ˈshī-nē \
shinier; shiniest

Kids Definition of shiny

: having a smooth bright appearance a shiny new car

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