- the front part of the leg between the knee and the ankle
- a cut of beef from the lower foreleg
Origin of shinMiddle English schine ; from Old English scinu, akin to German schiene, thin plate, schien-, shin ; from Indo-European base an unverified form skei- from source sheath
Origin of shinClassical Hebrew (language) s?n, sh?n, literally , tooth
- a. The front part of the leg below the knee and above the ankle.b. The shinbone.
- A cut of meat from the lower foreleg of beef cattle.
verbshinned, shin·ning, shins
- To climb (a rope or pole, for example) by gripping and pulling alternately with the hands and legs.
- To kick or hit in the shins.
- To climb something by shinning it.
- To move quickly on foot.
Origin of shinMiddle English shine, from Old English scinu; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of shinHebrew šîn, of Phoenician origin; see šnn in Semitic roots.
(third-person singular simple present shins, present participle shinning, simple past and past participle shinned)
- The twenty-first letter of many Semitic alphabets/abjads (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
Ultimately from Proto-Semitic *śamš- (“sun”). Compare Shamash.