Definition of Shinola in English:

Shinola

noun

mass nountrademark
  • 1A brand of boot polish.

    • ‘Shinola seems to have been a fairly cheap and cheerful product.’
    • ‘There's another reason the Huskers need a little Shinola for their 11-1 season.’
    1. 1.1US informal Used as a euphemism for ‘shit’
      ‘there'll be the same old Shinola on television’

Phrases

  • neither shit nor Shinola

    • vulgar slang Neither one thing nor the other.

  • not know shit from Shinola

    • vulgar slang Used to indicate that someone is ignorant or innocent.

      ‘a doctor who doesn't know shit from Shinola’

Origin

Early 20th century: from shine + -ola (suffix chiefly in US usage).

Pronunciation

Shinola

/ʃʌɪˈnəʊlə/