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shin·er

 (shī′nər)
n.
1. One that shines, as a star, jewel, or coin.
2. Slang A black eye: got a real shiner from stumbling into the door.
3.
a. Any of numerous small, often silvery North American freshwater fishes of the family Cyprinidae, especially one of the genus Notropis.
b. Any of various other small silvery fishes.

shiner

(ˈʃaɪnə)
n
1. something that shines, such as a polishing device
2. (Animals) any of numerous small North American freshwater cyprinid fishes of the genus Notropis and related genera, such as N. cornutus (common shiner) and Notemigonus crysoleucas (golden shiner)
3. (Animals) a popular name for the mackerel
4. informal a black eye
5. old-fashioned informal NZ a vagrant or tramp

shin•er

(ˈʃaɪ nər)

n.
1. Informal. black eye (def. 1).
2. any of various small American freshwater fishes having glistening scales, esp. a minnow.
3. a person or thing that shines.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shiner - a swollen bruise caused by a blow to the eyeshiner - a swollen bruise caused by a blow to the eye
bruise, contusion - an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration
2.shiner - something that shines (with emitted or reflected light)
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
twinkler - an object that emits or reflects light in an intermittent flickering manner
3.shiner - important food fish of the northern Atlantic and Mediterraneanshiner - important food fish of the northern Atlantic and Mediterranean; its body is greenish-blue with dark bars and small if any scales
mackerel - any of various fishes of the family Scombridae
genus Scomber, Scomber - type genus of the Scombridae
mackerel - flesh of very important usually small (to 18 in) fatty Atlantic fish
4.shiner - any of numerous small silvery North American cyprinid fishes especially of the genus Notropis
cyprinid, cyprinid fish - soft-finned mainly freshwater fishes typically having toothless jaws and cycloid scales
emerald shiner, Notropis atherinoides - small blunt-nosed fish of Great Lakes and Mississippi valley with a greenish luster
common shiner, Notropis cornutus, silversides - the common North American shiner
golden shiner, Notemigonus crysoleucas - shiner of eastern North America having golden glints; sometimes also called `bream'

shiner

noun
Slang. A bruise surrounding the eye:
Informal: mouse.
Translations

shiner

[ˈʃaɪnəʳ] N (= black eye) → ojo m a la funerala

shiner

n (inf: = black eye) → Veilchen nt (sl)
References in classic literature ?
Here are a good thousand of the shiners, some hundreds of suckers, and a powerful quantity of other fry.
These experiences were very memorable and valuable to me -- anchored in forty feet of water, and twenty or thirty rods from the shore, surrounded sometimes by thousands of small perch and shiners, dimpling the surface with their tails in the moonlight, and communicating by a long flaxen line with mysterious nocturnal fishes which had their dwelling forty feet below, or sometimes dragging sixty feet of line about the pond as I drifted in the gentle night breeze, now and then feeling a slight vibration along it, indicative of some life prowling about its extremity, of dull uncertain blundering purpose there, and slow to make up its mind.
Paddling over it, you may see, many feet beneath the surface, the schools of perch and shiners, perhaps only an inch long, yet the former easily distinguished by their transverse bars, and you think that they must be ascetic fish that find a subsistence there.
There have been caught in Walden pickerel, one weighing seven pounds -- to say nothing of another which carried off a reel with great velocity, which the fisherman safely set down at eight pounds because he did not see him -- perch and pouts, some of each weighing over two pounds, shiners, chivins or roach (Leuciscus pulchellus), a very few breams, and a couple of eels, one weighing four pounds -- I am thus particular because the weight of a fish is commonly its only title to fame, and these are the only eels I have heard of here; -- also, I have a faint recollection of a little fish some five inches long, with silvery sides and a greenish back, somewhat dace-like in its character, which I mention here chiefly to link my facts to fable.
From a hilltop you can see a fish leap in almost any part; for not a pickerel or shiner picks an insect from this smooth surface but it manifestly disturbs the equilibrium of the whole lake.
Fagin,' said Sikes, abruptly breaking the stillness that prevailed; 'is it worth fifty shiners extra, if it's safely done from the outside?
Some say that fishing with shiners is what made Lake Jackson so famous in the Sixties and Seventies.
Among them was The Royal Oak at Wood Bottom, which was also known as The Three Shiners.
I asked him how many individual shiners he sells a week.
Drought diminished the river - and the fish - so badly two years ago that Wilde and others collected shiners to take to a hatchery in Oklahoma.
In 2009, 354 Topeka shiners were found in one restored oxbow alone.
Fish called red shiners don't seem able to recolonize certain waterways where they once lived as natives, even though the shiners readily invade new territory.