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shin (n.)

Old English scinu "shin, fore part of the lower leg," from Proto-Germanic *skino "thin piece" (source also of Dutch scheen, Old High German scina, German Schienbein "shin, shinbones"), from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split." Shin splints is attested from 1930.

shin (v.)

"to climb by using arms and legs" (originally a nautical word), 1829, from shin (n.). Related: Shinned; shinning.