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

Definition of tinny

1 : thin in tone a tinny voice
2a : resembling tin
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

Examples of tinny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the tinny applause from a big screen of fans was a cheap substitute for a crowded Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden, in acceptance speech, pledges new era of 'light' over Trump failures," 20 Aug. 2020 One tester noted a distinct difference between the positivity of the elevation turret and the tinny clicks of the windage turret. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The 13 Best New Precision Riflescopes Put to the Test," 18 Aug. 2020 Low-quality speakers can often sound tinny or distorted, especially when turned up or during sounds with heavy bass. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "The best Bluetooth speaker of 2020," 11 Aug. 2020 At home with my girlfriend, and with my baby squirming on my lap, the crackling silence of the crematorium stirred through my tinny computer speakers. Matthewembremner, Longreads, "In Absentia," 14 July 2020 This isn't like Switch's Dark Souls port, in terms of tinny compression making weapons and voices sound like trash. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Outer Worlds on Switch: A monumental, messy conversion on weak hardware," 4 June 2020 The tinny percussion of punta rock from a dockside bar and shouts of fishermen cleaning their nets gave way to a cottony silence. Julien Capmeil, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Guatemala, Eco-Retreats and Arts Collectives Blend Seamlessly with Tradition," 30 Mar. 2020 His voice sounds strange—tinny and sort of stretched out. New York Times, "‘The City We Became,’ by N.K. Jemisin: An Excerpt," 24 Mar. 2020 The piano’s sound was a little tinny over the stream, but the performance was inspired, and moving. New York Times, "In a Pandemic, Musicians Play in Empty Halls for Audiences Online," 13 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of tinny

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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2 Sep 2020

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“Tinny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tinny. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tinny

: having a high and unpleasant sound

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