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Shinola Syllabification: Shi·no·la
Pronunciation: /SHīˈnōlə/

Definition of Shinola in English:


US trademark
1A brand of boot polish.
Example sentences
  • There's another reason the Huskers need a little Shinola for their 11-1 season.
  • Shinola seems to have been a fairly cheap and cheerful product.
1.1 informal Used as a euphemism for “shit”: there’ll be the same old Shinola on television


not know shit from Shinola

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


Early 20th century: from shine + -ola.

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