Shiney or shiny – which form is correct?

Shiney or shiny? Which form is correct? Both words obviously come from the verb to shine, but do you remove an “e” to form the adjective or retain it? Or perhaps both forms are correct and you can use them interchangeably? Read this article to find out.

Shiney or shiny? Which form is correct meaning definition correct form difference examples

Shiney or shiny spelling? Which one is correct?

The answer is that there is only one correct form of this word, and it is shiny. It is the only acceptable spelling and has no alternative forms in all variants of English. Read the following section to find out why


Shiny correct spelling

Shiny is an adjective that is formed from the verb to shine. The “e” at the end of shine is dropped and replaced with a suffix “-y”. This is because when a word ends on a silent “e”, it is generally dropped before adding a suffix that starts with a vowel.

Shiney incorrect spelling

The shiney spelling is an incorrect form, a misspelling of shiny, and should not be used as such. The spelling of shiney is incorrect for all English variants.

Shiny – the meaning

Shiny is an adjective meaning smooth and bright, reflecting the light.


Read the following section to see examples of how to use shiny in a sentence.

Shiney or shiny? Examples from the literature and press

When he smiles you can see how white and straight and pretty his teeth are and you can see the shiny blue of his eyes, the pink of his cheeks.

Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes: A Memoi

Love looked so pretty, even though her forehead was shiny, glowing with sweat, from standing over the hot food for so long.

Jason Reynolds, The Boy in the Black Suit

By October 2020, the work was complete and people saw this shiny new place in the midst of chaos as a glimmer of hope.

“New York Times”, Jan 20, 2022

Though, remember that you can always cancel the subscription once you land your shiny new console.

“The Verge”, May 19, 2022

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After graduating with a MA in English Philology, Kasia lived for almost five years in the UK facing the challenge of trying to master the intricacies of English language, which is her consuming passion. Other things she enjoys doing in her spare time are singing in a local parish band, embroidery, reading, cycling, and enjoying the outdoors with her family and friends.