tin ear


Definition of tin ear

: a deafened or insensitive ear

Examples of tin ear in a Sentence

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

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The president’s tin ear on race—reflected in his Twitter spats with black athletes and his clumsy response to the Charlottesville rioting, among other instances—is unfortunate but hardly the sum of his time in office. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Among Black Voters, Trump’s Popularity Inches Upward," 6 Nov. 2018 The president, for example, has experienced several instances of his jokes falling on tin ears. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Swaggy P goes one joke over the line," 25 June 2018 The Cars franchise has always been Pixar’s attempt to woo the NASCAR crowd, and even if the studio’s got a tin ear for contemporary country stars, the first movie’s paean to small-town life went deeper than demographic pandering. Sam Adams, Slate Magazine, "The Cars sequel for people who hate Cars 2.," 13 June 2017

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1935, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tin ear

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

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