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shine +‎ -y


  • enPR: shī'nē, IPA(key): /ˈʃaɪ.ni/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪni


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

  1. Reflecting light.
    Coordinate terms: glossy, glassy
    Antonyms: dull, flat, matte
  2. Emitting light.
    Antonym: dark
  3. (colloquial) Excellent; remarkable.
    • 2007, Christopher Brookmyre, Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks, →ISBN, page 132:
      We're shiny, Okay?
  4. (obsolete) Bright; luminous; clear; unclouded.
    • 1665, John Dryden, Verses to her Royal Highness the Duchess [of York]:
      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]