Definition of shiner:
- A bright piece of money.
- A luminary.
- Any one of numerous species of small freshwater American cyprinoid fishes, belonging to Notropis, or Minnilus, and allied genera; as the redfin ( Notropis megalops), and the golden shiner ( Notemigonus chrysoleucus) of the Eastern United States; also loosely applied to various other silvery fishes, as the dollar fish, or horsefish, menhaden, moonfish, sailor's choice, and the sparada.
- That which shines.
- The common Lepisma, or furniture bug.
I will go searching till I find a sun Shall stay till we have done; A willing shiner, that shall shine as gladly As frost- nipt suns look sadly, Then we will sing and shine all our own day, And one another pay.- "In The Yule-Log Glow, Vol. IV (of IV)", Harrison S. Morris.
Then I mopped my eyes, took one long quavery breath, and said out loud, as Birdalone Pebbley said Shiner did when he was lying wounded on the field of Magersfontein: " Squealer, squealer, who's a squealer?"- "The Prairie Wife", Arthur Stringer.
- "Death Points a Finger", Will Levinrew.