1 [shin-ee]
noun, plural shinnies.
a simple variety of hockey, played with a ball, block of wood, or the like, and clubs curved at one end.
the club used.
verb (used without object), shinnied, shinnying.
to play shinny.
to drive the ball at shinny.

1665–75; variant of shin ye, cry used in the game Unabridged


2 [shin-ee]
verb (used without object), shinnied, shinnying.
to shin: He shinnied up the tree.

1850–55, Americanism; apparently derivative of shin1; source of -y is unclear Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
shinty or (US and Canadian) shinny (ˈʃɪntɪ, ˈʃɪnɪ)
n , pl -ties, -nies
1.  a simple form of hockey of Scottish origin played with a ball and sticks curved at the lower end
2.  the stick used in this game
vb , -ties, -nies, -ties, -tying, -tied, -nies, -nying, -nied
3.  to play shinty
[C17: possibly from Scottish Gaelic sinteag a pace, bound]
shinny or (US and Canadian) shinny
[C17: possibly from Scottish Gaelic sinteag a pace, bound]

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Word Origin & History

"to climb a rope, pole, etc.," 1888, from use of shins and ankles to do so; see shin.

primitive form of hockey, 1672, perhaps from Gael. sinteag "a bound, a leap."
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Example sentences
The shinny areas are where water that has not been disturbed and where the surface tension of the water has been established.
The chain had several shinny rub marks and nicks, indicating new abrasions.
Tell the parent that the teeth will not be white and shinny until the next day.
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