\ 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

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Both sexes are shiny and beautifully marked, but only males have the two horns. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: Don’t worry about this giant beetle and coping with blossom end rot in tomatoes," 1 Aug. 2019 Beckman’s 2016 film, fits our dark yet shiny and blusterous times. Cate Mcquaid,, "Fairy tales, video games, and hard labor in this artist’s hallucinatory films," 17 July 2019 Zócalo Apartments, formerly Hammerly Walks at 8787 Hammerly Blvd., is shiny and bright thanks to a $10-million investment by new owners Point Reyes Residential. Carissa Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Zócalo Apartments hosts artist-in-residence program," 2 July 2019 This comes up now in the shiny and pleasant reflection of Gary Woodland’s victory Sunday in the U.S. Open. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: What US Open champion Gary Woodland learned from Amy Bockerstette," 17 June 2019 There should be no water remaining in the pot and the rice grains should be shiny and evenly chewy. Genevieve Ko,, "Master Class: Michelin-starred n/naka chefs on how to make the perfect onigiri," 13 June 2019 More Stories While the packaging for these features is shiny and new, the substance behind them is not. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "More Privacy Still Isn’t Privacy," 4 June 2019 Kardashian West wore a shiny gold bodysuit underneath a tan blazer and matching pants. Helen Murphy,, "Kim Kardashian West Rocks a Gold Bodysuit to White House Meeting," 26 July 2019 Turns out, the actual Mind-Flayer is a guy in an Elmo-level red bodysuit and a shiny, silver helmet that would put Spider-Man: Far From Home* villain Mysterio's to shame. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "“Stranger Things” Cast Used A Funny Prop Instead of an Actual Mind-Flayer While Filming," 26 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce shiny (audio) \
shinier; shiniest

Kids Definition of shiny

: having a smooth bright appearance a shiny new car

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