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shiny

[shahy-nee] /ˈʃaɪ ni/
adjective, shinier, shiniest.
1.
bright or glossy in appearance.
2.
filled with light, as by sunshine.
3.
rubbed or worn to a glossy smoothness, as clothes.
Origin of shiny
1580-1590
1580-90; shine1 + -y1
Related forms
shinily, adverb
shininess, noun
unshiny, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. brilliant, shining, glistening, gleaming.
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  • Out of all nature they felt their function was to extract the grayness and shininess.

  • Mr. Jabez gave premonitory symptoms of a small joke by increasing in shininess.

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  • For example, hardness and shininess are qualities of the substance iron.

  • So when you throw slurs on our plumb newness and shininess, I've got the cards to call yuh.

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  • His friends had long remarked the disappearance of his shininess.

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  • We'd gotten them in my junior year, and it only took a couple months for the shininess to wear off.

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  • His eye caught an old tub, its shininess dulled, its hull faintly scarred.

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  • Kriijorl was smiling, and there was a shininess in Judith's eyes.

  • The furniture sold by the payment houses always shows its source in its heaviness and shininess.

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British Dictionary definitions for shininess

shiny

/ˈʃaɪnɪ/
adjective shinier, shiniest
1.
glossy or polished; bright
2.
(of clothes or material) worn to a smooth and glossy state, as by continual rubbing
Derived Forms
shininess, noun
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Word Origin and History for shininess

shiny

adj.

1580s, from shine (n.) + -y (2). As a noun meaning "a shiny object" (also "money") from 1856. Related: Shininess.

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