Definition of Shinola in English:


Line breaks: Shin|ola
Pronunciation: /ʃʌɪˈnəʊlə


[mass noun] US trademark
  • 1A brand of boot polish.
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    • 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


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


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

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