\ 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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Other potential future aficionados were seen riding in strollers, holding their parents’ hands or eagerly running up to each shiny sedan were getting their first taste of classic cars. Diane Moca, Naperville Sun, "'It looks like a museum': Naperville Classic Car Show draws aficionados of all ages," 15 June 2019 This new endeavor will be dubbed the Laboratory for Genomic Research (LGR) and will enjoy a shiny new lab space for conducting research specifically aimed at using CRISPR for medicine discovery. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Glaxo Teams Up With CRISPR Pioneers from Berkeley, UCSF: Brainstorm Health," 14 June 2019 The topic of Wolf’s latest book then, seemed unassuming in a way her previous screeds had not, with the shiny aura of scholarship surrounding it. Maris Kreizman, The New Republic, "A Journey With Naomi Wolf," 14 June 2019 Fans are concerned about efforts to bring tight World Cup security measures to domestic games, and the shiny new arenas attracting fans can be a financial burden for the state. Washington Post, "A year after World Cup, Russia toasts big soccer crowds," 14 June 2019 The Lariat is posher, although in the context of a Ranger that mainly means shiny wheels on the outside and old-school Ford dinosaur leather inside. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "I'm Not Sure We Need a Ford Ranger Raptor," 13 June 2019 The real shiny newness in the Forester is DriverFocus. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "It watches you drive: Subaru Forester review," 11 June 2019 Democracy became a powerful campaign slogan, and Nigel Farage’s shiny Brexit party became its brand-new owner. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Reclaiming Britishness from the Brexit Debacle," 10 June 2019 Space station looks like a slow moving, shiny ball bearing. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "International Space Station visible from San Diego Sunday night," 9 June 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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to take the place or position of

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