tin·​ny ˈti-nē How to pronounce tinny (audio)
tinnier; tinniest
: thin in tone
a tinny voice
: resembling tin
: lacking depth or substance : empty
tinny arguments
: of, abounding in, or yielding tin
tinnily adverb
tinniness noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The first movies with sound were scratchy and tinny. K. Thor Jensen, PCMAG, 15 Dec. 2022 The sound that emerged should have been thin and tinny. Nick Romano, EW.com, 12 Dec. 2022 Many of us rarely see many of our close friends and family, and communicate with them only through the tinny interfaces of our electronic devices. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 22 Dec. 2011 That same swish is a tinny laugh in the face when your armpits are chafing. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 10 Oct. 2022 Most common hacks revolve around modding the hardware with a microphone to record your own catchphrases for the Easy Button’s tinny speaker to spout. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, 27 Jan. 2021 Peter Wiejaczka’s sound design was tinny and unnecessarily loud. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 20 Sep. 2022 Both of this compilation's Genesis games suffer from a tinny audio mix that compresses the full range of sounds. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 29 Aug. 2022 There's minimal bass, but the audio doesn't sound as tinny as audio coming in from similarly thin machines. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 19 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of tinny was in 1552

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Cite this Entry

“Tinny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tinny. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


tin·​ny ˈtin-ē How to pronounce tinny (audio)
tinnier; tinniest
: resembling or suggesting tin

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