tinny

adjective
tin·​ny | \ ˈti-nē How to pronounce tinny (audio) \
tinnier; tinniest

Definition of tinny

1 : thin in tone a tinny voice
2a : resembling tin
b : light, cheap
c : lacking depth or substance : empty tinny arguments
3 : of, abounding in, or yielding tin

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Other Words from tinny

tinnily \ ˈti-​nə-​lē How to pronounce tinnily (audio) \ adverb
tinniness \ ˈti-​nē-​nəs How to pronounce tinniness (audio) \ noun

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Even today, many data-compression algorithms and bluetooth speakers disproportionately affect high frequencies and consonants, and women’s voices lose definition, sounding thin and tinny. Tina Tallon, The New Yorker, "A Century of “Shrill”: How Bias in Technology Has Hurt Women’s Voices," 3 Sep. 2019 But her tinny outrage and Tyler’s own dogmatic logorrhea begin to feel like exhibits in a playfully prickly riff on the inauthentic, the massaged and the cagily appropriated when telling stories. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Plagiarists’ is an adventurous comic thumping," 29 Aug. 2019 The images and tinny voices on the black-and-white TV stirred something else. Connie Dufner, Dallas News, "Your guide to Houston's hottest spots to celebrate the Apollo moon landing anniversary," 16 July 2019 The images and tinny voices on the black-and-white TV stirred something else. Connie Dufner, Dallas News, "Your guide to Houston's hottest spots to celebrate the Apollo moon landing anniversary," 16 July 2019 The images and tinny voices on the black-and-white TV stirred something else. Connie Dufner, Dallas News, "Your guide to Houston's hottest spots to celebrate the Apollo moon landing anniversary," 16 July 2019 The images and tinny voices on the black-and-white TV stirred something else. Connie Dufner, Dallas News, "Your guide to Houston's hottest spots to celebrate the Apollo moon landing anniversary," 16 July 2019 Its tinny ring is said to scare off the huge creatures. The Economist, "In Japan, fewer people means more animals," 11 July 2019 Featuring rapper Giriboy and produced by BTS’ Suga, the song is a groovy alt-R&B breakup track wrapped in old-school hip-hop and snapping beats, tinny snares, woozy synths and the singer’s characteristically addicting sweet tone. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Heize Releases 'We Don't Talk Together' Feat. Giriboy & Produced by BTS' Suga: Watch Ghoulish Video," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of tinny

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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tinny

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tinny

: having a high and unpleasant sound

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