\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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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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Families and children rested under shiny thermal blankets in cells of chain-link fences adorned with high-hanging televisions. Elliot Spagat, The Seattle Times, "A day with Border Patrol: imperiled infant, distraught dad," 25 June 2018 The mouth of the dark with its shiny moon teeth, No words, just a hiss and a snap. Joy Harjo, The New Yorker, "Running," 24 June 2018 The force must also resist the temptation to chase after a shiny new thing so doggedly that other threats fall off the radar. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "5 Space Forces From Sci-Fi and What We Can Learn From Them," 6 July 2018 On Monday, June 4, Apple will lift the lid on its Worldwide Developers Conference, the annual showcase for all the shiny things being churned out in Cupertino. Michael Calore, WIRED, "How to Watch Apple's WWDC 2018 Keynote," 4 June 2018 Yesterday, Kim posted several videos on her Instagram story with her freshly dyed, insanely long and shiny, platinum-blonde hair. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Just Dyed Her Hair Blonde to Make Kanye Happy," 25 May 2018 That was fun and having all of these little shiny things in an Olympic year. Chris Chavez,, "After Breaking American 2-Mile Record, Jenny Simpson is Motivated for More in 2018," 3 May 2018 McKinley Sovey of Wauwatosa resembles Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz with her blue and white checkered jumper and shiny shoes. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new treatment may give a blind Wauwatosa toddler the gift of sight," 25 Jan. 2018 Here, six ways to get a healthier, shinier blonde—no salon visit required. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "6 Ways to Go Blonder Without a Salon Appointment," 5 June 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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