shinier; shiniest
: having a smooth glossy surface
shiny new shoes
: bright with the rays of the sun : sunshiny
: filled with light
: rubbed or worn smooth
: lustrous with natural secretions
a shiny nose
shininess noun

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shiny was in 1558

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Cite this Entry

“Shiny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


shinier; shiniest
: having a smooth glossy surface
a shiny new car

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