American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Ice, street, or field hockey played informally with a ball, can, or similar object.
- n. The stick used when playing this game.
- v. To climb by shinning.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The game of hockey or bandy-ball. See hockey.
- n. 2. The club used in this game.
- To play shinny; knock the ball at shinny.
- v. To climb in an awkward manner.
- n. Canada An informal game of pickup hockey played with minimal equipment: skates, sticks and a puck or ball.
- n. Canada Street hockey.
- n. Canada, informal Hockey.
- n. Moonshine (illegal alcohol)
- n. a simple version of hockey played by children on the streets (or on ice or on a field) using a ball or can as the puck
- v. climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
- Variation of shinty. (Wiktionary)
- Probably from the phrase shin ye, a cry used in the game.Alteration of shin1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Love the chrysanthas in bud…looks like some kind of shinny metal…just wild.”
“I suppose what I call "shinny" was really La Crosse.”
“This was similar to the boys 'game of "shinny," or, as it is now more elegantly known, "polo," and the bat used was bent at the end, just as now.”
“Huh! Father Tom says it's nothing but old-fashioned 'shinny' with a fancy name tacked onto it," declared Bobby Hargrew.”
“He'll let you play 'shinny' in the halls if you want to.”
“Libby Anne, limping painfully, put her "shinny" stick into Bud's hand.”
“Out on the well-tramped school-yard the boys and girls were playing "shinny," which is an old and honourable game, father or uncle of hockey.”
“In the feminine game of ball, which is something like "shinny," the ball is driven with curved sticks between two goals.”
“I mean she would never 'shinny' up a straight, slivery beam.”
“But if the caviare or roe was really in those days "caviare to the general" multitude, the _nose_ of the fish was not, it being greatly coveted by us small boys wherewith to make a ball for "shinny," which for some occult reason was preferred to any other.”
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