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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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tin ear was in 1935

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“Tin ear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tin%20ear. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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