1. the front part of the leg from the knee to the ankle.
  2. the lower part of the foreleg in cattle.
  3. the shinbone or tibia, especially its sharp edge or front portion.
  4. Chiefly British. a cut of beef similar to the U.S. shank, usually cut into small pieces for stewing.

verb (used with or without object), shinned, shin·ning.

  1. to climb by holding fast with the hands or arms and legs and drawing oneself up.


  1. the front part of the lower leg
  2. the front edge of the tibia
  3. mainly British a cut of beef, the lower foreleg

verb shins, shinning or shinned

  1. (when intr, often foll by up) to climb (a pole, tree, etc) by gripping with the hands or arms and the legs and hauling oneself up
  2. (tr) to kick (a person) in the shins


  1. the 21st letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ש), transliterated as sh

n.Old English scinu “shin, fore part of the lower leg,” from Proto-Germanic *skino “thin piece” (cf. Dutch scheen, Old High German scina, German Schienbein “shin, shinbones”), from PIE root *skei- “to cut, split” (see shed (v.)). Shin splints is attested from 1930. v.“to climb by using arms and legs” (originally a nautical word), 1829, from shin (n.). Related: Shinned; shinning. n.

  1. The front part of the leg located below the knee and above the ankle.
  2. The tibia.

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