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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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 The images and tinny voices on the black-and-white TV stirred something else. Connie Dufner, Dallas News, "Over the moon: Apollo obsession strikes big as Houston prepares for lunar landing milestone," 2 July 2019 Her words filled the center, needing little help from her tinny speaker. New York Times, "For Young People of Color, a Safe L.G.B.T.Q. Space in the Bronx," 29 June 2019 Chaplin admitted, sitting with his arms clasped around his knees against the public works fence, where the sound of trucks beeping intermingled with the tinny music of the brass band. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Homeless people protest SF collecting their belongings," 22 June 2019 The track surges with frenzied sounds, flitting between soaring electro-pop and funky percussive melodies, tinny hip-hop chants, EDM dance breaks, and chill, groovy moments. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Red Velvet Take a Magical Ride in 'Zimzalabim' Video: Watch," 19 June 2019 Things soon calm down and the engine falls into its low-energy mode, which sounds a bit tinny to my ear. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Genesis G70: A Hyundai Spinoff You Can Proudly Drive," 12 Dec. 2018 There's a gulf between the tinny, crappy sound out of the TV and auditory revelation of a fully realized (but expensive and complicated) sound system. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Roku Made Wireless TV Speakers And They're Actually Kind of Great," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of tinny

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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English Language Learners Definition of tinny

: having a high and unpleasant sound

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