tin ear

noun

Definition of tin ear

: a deafened or insensitive ear

Examples of tin ear in a Sentence

  1. My wife is a talented musician, but I have a tin ear.

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First Known Use of tin ear

1935

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TIN EAR Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of tin ear for English Language Learners

  • : a lack of ability to hear something (such as music or speech) in an accurate and sensitive way


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