etymology 1 Origin unknown.
- (slang, offensive, ethnic slur) A Jew.
- 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses: Shylock chimes with the jewbaiting that followed the hanging and quartering of the queen’s leech Lopez, his jew’s heart being plucked forth while the sheeny was yet alive
- 1946, Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 6: One time in Humboldt Park Leo "Bow" Gisensohn, our leader, didn't like the way a cop down by the lake called him "sheeny."
etymology 2 From sheen + -y.
- having a sheen; glossy
- Bright; shining; radiant. A sheeny summer morn. — Tennyson.