a Scottish game similar to hockey, played with curved sticks by teams of twelve players Culture The sticks used (also called shinties) are shorter and thicker than those used in hockey, and the game is faster, since the ball is often hit when it is in the air. It is mainly played in the Scottish Highlands. A related form of shinty, called hurling, is played in Ireland. Word Origin mid 18th cent. (earlier as shinny): apparently from the cry shin ye, shin you, shin t' ye, used in the game, of unknown origin.