Definition of shanny in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHanē/

noun (plural shannies)

A small, greenish-brown European blenny (fish) of the shoreline and intertidal waters.
  • Blennius pholis, family Blennidae.
Example sentences
  • Spider crabs stalked the seabed; wrasse, blennies, shannies and rockling darted over the reefs, and pollack wheeled overhead.
  • There are several other species to look out for, including the less-common Yarrels blenny, the black-faced blenny, the shanny and the butterfish.
  • Within the wreck are conger, lobsters, edible and swimming crabs, packs of prawns, cuttlefish, topknots, flounders, scorpionfish and a host of blennies and shannies.


Mid 19th century: of unknown origin; compare with earlier shan, in the same sense.

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Syllabification: shan·ny

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