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  • IPA(key): /ˈʃiːni/
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  • Rhymes: -iːni

Etymology 1[edit]


Alternative forms[edit]


sheeny (plural sheenies)

  1. (slang, offensive, ethnic slur) A Jew.
    Synonyms: (not always pejorative) Yid, heeb, Hymie, kike, shylock
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare and Company, [], →OCLC:
      Shylock chimes with the jewbaiting that followed the hanging and quartering of the queen’s leech Lopez, his jew’s heart being plucked forth while the sheeny was yet alive.
    • 1925 July – 1926 May, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “(please specify the chapter number)”, in The Land of Mist (eBook no. 0601351h.html), Australia: Project Gutenberg Australia, published April 2019:
      "I've told you before now not to push that long, sheeny beak of yours into my affairs."
    • 1946, Milton “Mezz” Mezzrow, Bernard Wolfe, “Don’t Cry, Ma”, in Really the Blues, New York, N.Y.: Random House, book 1 (1899–1923: A Nothin’ but a Child), page 6:
      One time in Humboldt Park Leo "Bow" Gisensohn, our leader, didn't like the way a cop down by the lake called him "sheeny."
    • 2005, “Creed, OK”, in Carnivàle, episode 17:
      Max Baer ain't no Jew.
      Sure he is. Everybody knows that. Sheeny to the core.
  2. (slang) A cheat or fraudster.

Etymology 2[edit]

From sheen +‎ -y.


sheeny (comparative sheenier, superlative sheeniest)

  1. Having a sheen; glossy.
  2. Bright; radiant; shining.
    • 1830 June, Alfred Tennyson, “Recollections of the Arabian Nights”, in Poems. [], volume I, London: Edward Moxon, [], published 1842, →OCLC, part I, page 22:
      And many a sheeny summer-morn, / Adown the Tigris I was borne, / By Bagdat's shrines of fretted gold, / High-walled gardens green and old; []