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[shin] /ʃɪn/
the front part of the leg from the knee to the ankle.
the lower part of the foreleg in cattle.
the shinbone or tibia, especially its sharp edge or front portion.
Chiefly British. a cut of beef similar to the U.S. shank, usually cut into small pieces for stewing.
verb (used with or without object), shinned, shinning.
to climb by holding fast with the hands or arms and legs and drawing oneself up.
Origin of shin1
before 1000; Middle English shine, Old English scinu; cognate with Dutch scheen, German Schien(bein) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for shinned
Historical Examples
  • I shinned gallantly up the side of a dead wall; just touched the canary bird with the tips of my fingers.

  • The satisfied bear strolled to the fence, shinned up it and over.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • Without waiting for a reply, he sprang forward to the head of the accommodation ladder and shinned down it into the launch.

    A Traitor's Wooing Headon Hill
  • He shinned up into the hole, and pulled the grill back into its slot behind him.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • Up the rough trunk to the crotch he shinned with the speed of a chased cat.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • When next I reached a ridgy spot I chose a good pine and shinned it.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • The two men that were hooking on grabbed the tackles and shinned for dear life.

    There She Blows! William Hussey Macy
  • In a flash I'd shinned over the stone wall and was headin' 'em off.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • A bold climber "shinned" up the fifty or sixty feet of rough tree-trunk and looked in upon the eleven eggs.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • And I dropped from the tree I'd shinned up when the boar had made tracks for my tights.

British Dictionary definitions for shinned


the front part of the lower leg
the front edge of the tibia
(mainly Brit) a cut of beef, the lower foreleg
verb shins, shinning, shinned
when intr, often foll by up. to climb (a pole, tree, etc) by gripping with the hands or arms and the legs and hauling oneself up
(transitive) to kick (a person) in the shins
Word Origin
Old English scinu; related to Old High German scina needle, Norwegian dialect skina small disc


the 21st letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ש), transliterated as sh
Word Origin
from Hebrew shīn, literally: tooth
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Word Origin and History for shinned



Old English scinu "shin, fore part of the lower leg," from Proto-Germanic *skino "thin piece" (cf. Dutch scheen, Old High German scina, German Schienbein "shin, shinbones"), from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split" (see shed (v.)). Shin splints is attested from 1930.


"to climb by using arms and legs" (originally a nautical word), 1829, from shin (n.). Related: Shinned; shinning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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shinned in Medicine

shin (shĭn)

  1. The front part of the leg located below the knee and above the ankle.

  2. The tibia.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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