Etymology
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shinny (v.)

"to climb a rope, pole, etc.," 1888, from use of shins and ankles to do so; see shin (n.). Earlier simply shin (1829). Related: Shinnied; shinnying.

shinny (n.)

also shinney, primitive form of hockey, 1670s, perhaps from Gaelic sinteag "a bound, a leap." OED suggests origin from shin ye "the cry used in the game."

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Definitions of shinny
1
shinny (v.)
climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling;
Synonyms: clamber / scramble / shin / skin / struggle / sputter
2
shinny (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;
Synonyms: shinney
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