something interesting or distracting, generally used when it deverts attention from a task

This usage comes from the phenomenon of birds (particularly crows) being attracted to shiny objects.

Sarah was going to write her paper, but Myspace looked shiny.

"Wasn't Brian with you?"
"He saw something shiny and wandered off."
by AMS325 February 02, 2007
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a positive way of describing someone who has ADHD
I'm shiny and so is she so we always have trouble co ordinating.

I'm proud to be shiny!
by Y_96 November 25, 2016
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Any object in a video game that exists (usually solely) for the purpose of collecting it. So named because of the objects' tendency to shine or glow.
"You've died at least five times while trying to get that shiny! Damn your shiny lust!"
by Cehrazad January 01, 2010
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A slang term for "great" used in the television series "Firefly" and the movie "Serenity".
Voice #3: "Shiny -- A slang term for "great" used in the television series "Firefly" and the movie "Serenity".
by Voice #3 August 13, 2009
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(adj.) referring to a style associated with many gay men that puts strong emphasis on neat personal grooming, fashionable clothing and effervescent social interaction; sometimes generalized to refer to gay males in general.

(Coined, as far as I know, by my ex-wife, an actress, as a code of sorts shared with her circle of gay male friends and picked up by her many straight friends, as well.)
"Is that haircut shiny or what?"; "Don't go gettin' all shiny around me"; "Do you think he possibly could be, oh, I don't know....shiny?"
by The Urban Observer August 21, 2009
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Killjoy slang term, basically a synonym for cool
"Hey, I managed to snag a super shiny pack of multicolored eyeliner yesterday- wanna try some?"
by salemruinseverything September 12, 2020
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(Noun pl. "shinies")
A new initiate or member of a group, club, or organization, esp. fraternities and sororities.

Usually someone is labelled this immediately after initiation, pinning, or joining the organization, until the next group of people join. Used both affectionately and to patronize in a mentor-like way.
All you shinies, make sure you remember to make it to the general meeting Sunday!

I was talking to an enthusiastic shiny yesterday, I think they will spur us all on this semester.
by fraternitygentleman December 03, 2012
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