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 tinny (audio) \ adverb
tinniness \ ˈti-​nē-​nəs How to pronounce tinny (audio) \ noun

Examples of tinny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vanilla tributaries snaked down my arms; drops hitting the tabletop in a tinny staccato-like rain on a windowsill—fast and infinite. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 28 Sep. 2021 Unfortunately, though, the more realistic Majok’s style becomes, the more artificial the play is: In order to keep tension at a melodramatic pitch, her three characters say and do things to one another that sound tinny and false. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 21 Sep. 2021 The rationalizations offered for the regime are tinny and misleading. Rich Lowry, National Review, 13 July 2021 Music sounds tinny and bass is almost non-existent, but voices during teleconferences sound just fine. Dwight Silverman, Forbes, 14 June 2021 The triumphant sound of Afrobeat blares from small, tinny speakers perched atop the kitchen counter. Yasmin Khan, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 June 2021 The other features are meaningless if your listening device generates tinny and poor-quality acoustics. Jeffrey Harper, chicagotribune.com, 9 Apr. 2021 Treble tones are often tinny, giving the listener a headache. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Choose the wrong-sized tip and the ANC function won’t work properly and the sound will be weak and tinny. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of tinny

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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9 Oct 2021

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“Tinny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tinny. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tinny

: having a high and unpleasant sound

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