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.

    • ‘Many commentators labour under the illusion that shinty is a team game.’
    • ‘Skye are the sleeping giant of Scottish shinty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Putting aside spectator interest, in some ways the sport of shinty is approaching if not a crossroads, then certainly a fork in the path.’
    • ‘They are as different as rugby union and rugby league, shinty and hurling, Test match and one-day cricket.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He also still enjoys playing golf and shinty on occasion, a pastime shared with his half-brother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also, unlike shinty, hurling is a geographically inclusive game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ross has the demeanour of a superstar but the wee game of shinty cannot give him the context he truly deserves.’
    • ‘It makes you wonder how shinty has survived as an organised sport for the last 120 years.’
    • ‘Critics also claim that staging shinty in summer thrusts the game into competition with other sports.’
    • ‘The sports club also have sections playing tennis, squash, archery and shinty.’
    • ‘Some Saturdays in Oban could see more home games than there are shinty pitches to accommodate them.’
    • ‘A full programme of heavy athletics and shinty is on offer too, with a fireworks display providing a spectacular climax.’
    • ‘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.’


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.