9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[shahy-nee] /ˈʃaɪ ni/
adjective, shinier, shiniest.
bright or glossy in appearance.
filled with light, as by sunshine.
rubbed or worn to a glossy smoothness, as clothes.
Origin of shiny
1580-90; shine1 + -y1
Related forms
shinily, adverb
shininess, noun
unshiny, adjective
1, 2. brilliant, shining, glistening, gleaming. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for shiny
  • Look for fish with bright eyes, shiny skin, and a mild aroma.
  • Stem cells may be the key to a bright, shiny future of cure-all medicine.
  • Look for fish that have bright eyes, shiny skin, and a mildly fishy aroma.
  • When the economy is good and all is bright and shiny, you have sparkling exuberance and glittering whimsicality.
  • shiny skin, bright red gills, and a clean ocean smell are the best indications of freshness.
  • All of us, though, worship at the altar of bright and shiny things.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of sugar and beat until peaks are stiff and shiny.
  • But all that will change, as she will post something shiny and new this afternoon.
  • People here knew that their lives will only be shiny if they'll make them shine themselves.
  • The shiny has a more marked dark eye line and paler supercilium, giving it a more striking face pattern.
British Dictionary definitions for shiny


adjective shinier, shiniest
glossy or polished; bright
(of clothes or material) worn to a smooth and glossy state, as by continual rubbing
Derived Forms
shininess, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for shiny

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for shiny

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for shiny

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with shiny

Nearby words for shiny