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

  • n. Ice, street, or field hockey played informally with a ball, can, or similar object.
  • n. The stick used when playing this game.
  • intransitive v. To climb by shinning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An informal game of pickup hockey played with minimal equipment: skates, sticks and a puck or ball.
  • n. Street hockey.
  • n. Hockey.
  • n. Moonshine (illegal alcohol)
  • v. To climb in an awkward manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To play shinny; knock the ball at shinny.
  • n. The game of hockey or bandy-ball. See hockey.
  • n. 2. The club used in this game.

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

  • 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


Probably from the phrase shin ye, a cry used in the game.
Alteration of shin1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shin (noun) + -y. (Wiktionary)
Variation of shinty. (Wiktionary)



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