Definition of shinty in English:



  • [mass noun] A Scottish twelve-a-side game resembling hockey, played with curved sticks and taller goalposts and derived from the Irish game of hurling.

    • ‘We've seen how things turned out for Scotland's national football manager; matters are organised no differently in the more modest context that is Scottish shinty.’
    • ‘A full programme of heavy athletics and shinty is on offer too, with a fireworks display providing a spectacular climax.’
    • ‘Some Saturdays in Oban could see more home games than there are shinty pitches to accommodate them.’
    • ‘It was here that the Gaelic tongue first arrived in the fourth century - and with it came that form of the stick game which has evolved into the modern sport of shinty.’
    • ‘Also, unlike shinty, hurling is a geographically inclusive game.’
    • ‘Critics also claim that staging shinty in summer thrusts the game into competition with other sports.’
    • ‘Skye are the sleeping giant of Scottish shinty.’
    • ‘Ross has the demeanour of a superstar but the wee game of shinty cannot give him the context he truly deserves.’
    • ‘They are certainly becoming all the rage and where the Scottish Premier League has led, the indigenous sport of shinty has not been slow to follow.’
    • ‘The ancient Scottish sport of shinty is set to be featured in New York during Tartan Week in April, with a match mooted for Central Park.’
    • ‘Take Scottish shinty and Irish hurling and divvy up a fair compromise to create a composite set of rules incorporating both traditions finer points.’
    • ‘The village's affinity with the hard, uncompromising game of shinty is hardly surprising, for this is an area where most of the men work in hard, uncompromising professions.’
    • ‘He also still enjoys playing golf and shinty on occasion, a pastime shared with his half-brother.’
    • ‘They are as different as rugby union and rugby league, shinty and hurling, Test match and one-day cricket.’
    • ‘Putting aside spectator interest, in some ways the sport of shinty is approaching if not a crossroads, then certainly a fork in the path.’
    • ‘It makes you wonder how shinty has survived as an organised sport for the last 120 years.’
    • ‘Many commentators labour under the illusion that shinty is a team game.’
    • ‘The sports club also have sections playing tennis, squash, archery and shinty.’
    • ‘A composite set of rules has been drawn up to enable shinty players and their camogie - playing Irish counterparts to compete in what it is hoped will become an annual international.’
    • ‘However, in today's shinty world, a game can mean a trip from north of Inverness to Bute and back - a whole day away and not a penny in return.’


Mid 18th century (earlier as shinny): apparently from the cry shin ye, shin you, shin t' ye, used in the game, of unknown origin; compare with shinny.