tinhorn

noun
tin·horn | \ˈtin-ˌhȯrn \

Definition of tinhorn 

: one (such as a gambler) who pretends to have money, ability, or influence

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Seen from sophisticated aeries such as New York or London, their politics have often seemed clownish and tinhorn. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Watching President Trump with Horror Around the World," 26 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of tinhorn

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tinhorn was in 1885

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tinhorn

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tinhorn

: a person who talks and acts like someone who is strong and powerful but who is really weak, unimportant, etc.

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