tin·ny | \ˈti-nē \
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 \ adverb
tinniness \ˈti-nē-nəs \ noun

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The tinny music in the music box is the theme from Swan Lake -- a ballet where the heroine is imprisoned in the body of a swan, stripped of her identity. Rena Gross, Billboard, "10 Surprises From 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 8 'Women's Work'," 6 June 2018 This is an exhausting, one-note book, but the tinny, grating note Pein repeatedly strikes may nonetheless be one the world needs to hear more often. Nikil Saval, New York Times, "The Fate of Most Silicon Valley Drones: ‘Live Work Work Work Die’," 25 May 2018 About three-quarters of them are conducted via videoconference from the county jails, each probationer a forlorn figure in a blue prison uniform heard through a tinny speaker. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Meek Mill's not alone. Study finds 'indefensible' overuse of probation, parole in Pennsylvania," 24 Apr. 2018 The air grows closer and my ears tune into tinny whistles of crickets, the calls of unfamiliar birds, and the distant howl of a monkey. Lucy Sherriff, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Safari in Colombia's Still-Wild Amazon Rainforest," 23 Apr. 2018 The song’s a slow burn, and languishes in its smoothness before picking up with tinny percussion to lead into the groovy chorus. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "VIXX Release Aromatically Inspired 'Scentist' Music Video: Watch," 18 Apr. 2018 And not just tinny, music from your smartphone that's barely loud enough to hear, but something that sounds good. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best Amazon deals for the first day of spring," 20 Mar. 2018 The pendulum guides her to smudge the room with sage before gently tapping orchestral gongs, tuning forks, and tinny bells. Jessica Wright Weinstock, Glamour, "Trying to Get Pregnant Took Over My Life — Here's How I Got It Back," 12 Mar. 2018 But there are other things that could account for this strange, tinny taste — diabetes or pregnancy — both of which are not impossibilities. Christina Boufis, Woman's Day, "Metal Mouth," 20 Apr. 2011

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First Known Use of tinny

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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English Language Learners Definition of tinny

: having a high and unpleasant sound

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