Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Radiating light; bright.
  • adj. Bright from reflected light; glistening.
  • adj. Having a sheen from being rubbed or worn smooth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Reflecting light.
  • adj. Emitting light.
  • adj. Excellent; remarkable.
  • adj. Bright; luminous; clear; unclouded.
  • n. Anything shiny; a trinket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bright; luminous; clear; unclouded.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Clear; unclouded; lighted by the sun or moon.
  • Having a. glittering appearance; glossy.
  • n. Gold; money. Also shiney.
  • Rubbed smooth by abrasion: said of cloth, rails, wire rope, etc.
  • Reflecting light or showing differences in shade or color on account of the presence of a film of grease, as in cloth, or its absence locally from a surface which is normally lubricated, as in engine-guides.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. reflecting light
  • adj. having a shiny surface or coating
  • adj. made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow

Etymologies

shine +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "They're buying what they call shiny, bright ornaments because that's what the 40 and 50-year-old people, their grandma had them."

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  • We don't need to demonize it outright, but it doesn't make sense to glorify it in "shiny" ways either.

    Looking forward

  • It was wrapped in shiny, green paper with a purple bow.

    Leather (complete version)

  • Cram's old firm is producing churches again, and the likes of Arthur Brown and John Russell Pope are all over the bookshelves in shiny new monographs if one at least finds the right shelf or noodles around online.

    The Modern Baroque of Armando Brasini

  • When she opened the handbag, she found $200 in shiny bills in the bag.

    A Simple Case

  • Water transformed it, turning cracked gray skin shiny new.

    The Last Liverbeast « A Fly in Amber

  • We are now seen as the turn up in shiny cars and do a bit of ANPR police force (making sure we a bloody sign out 1st telling everyone we are doing it)

    Through The Looking Glass « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • I think I've asked for it before, but I can't find it anywhere; it's like a frickin 'shiny Celebi or something.

    Writer's Block: Nature Or Nurture+

  • There will be a drawing for something awesome - a Wyrding Studios shiny is a distinct possibility.

    Tew's Day!

  • It's probably money well spent to have the film's cast roll up Hollywood-style to the premiere in shiny new Escalades.

    Pink Cadillac

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  • Aidje, fantastic citation! From the first episode of "Firefly", I believe.

    December 27, 2006

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  • …and I wish I was the king of all Londinium and wore a shiny hat.

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