noun tin·ta·marre \¦tintə¦mär\
variants: less commonly



Definition of tintamarre



  1. :  a great confused noise :  uproar, din I did not know … though I did guess by such a tintamarre and cough and sneeze — Sir Walter Scott

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Origin and Etymology of tintamarre

French tintamarre, from Middle French, from tinter to ring (from Latin tinitare, frequentative of tinnire to ring) + -amarre, of unknown origin

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