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shine +‎ -y



shiny (comparative shinier or more shiny, superlative shiniest or most shiny)

  1. Reflecting light.
    • Futurama:
      Bender: Bite my shiny metal ass!
  2. Emitting light.
  3. (colloquial) Excellent; remarkable.
  4. (obsolete) Bright; luminous; clear; unclouded.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Dryden
      Like distant thunder on a shiny day.
    • The Lincolnshire Poacher (traditional song)
      When I was bound apprentice in famous Lincolnshire
      Full well I served my master for nigh on seven years
      Till I took up to poaching as you shall quickly hear
      Oh, 'tis my delight on a shiny night in the season of the year.

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shiny (plural shinies)

  1. (informal) Anything shiny; a trinket.
  2. (slang) Contraction of disparaging term "shiny arses", originating during World War Two, to describe a desk worker.[1]