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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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 Unfortunately, the idyllic mood is sundered every so often with tinny canned music blared over loudspeakers attached to lampposts throughout. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Most Ambitious Park in Russia," 25 July 2018 Month after month, my grandmother sent tiny ziplock bags packed with blue enamel Dior earrings and tinny silver J’adore anklets. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Is It Real—And Does It Matter? How Korea’s Counterfeit Culture Shaped My Style," 27 Aug. 2018 The tinny speakers embedded in your computer’s monitor just don’t cut it. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "Punch up your PC audio! Logitech's powerful Z623 speaker system is $80, its lowest price ever," 9 Aug. 2018 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

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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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