- someone, especially a gambler, who pretends to be important but actually has little money, influence, or skill.
- cheap and insignificant; small-time: a tinhorn racket.
Origin of tinhorn
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Examples from the Web for tinhorn
On the last turn Smith drew another three and Tinhorn another queen.
Was Tinhorn bluffing or did he have another queen in the “hole”?
“Tinhorn” in particular was disturbed because of their nearness.The Fighting Shepherdess
Make it Masterson, an hell make you an every other tinhorn hard to find.The Sunset Trail
Alfred Henry Lewis
But we don't get many men with your background—cop, tinhorn, fighter—who have brains enough for our work.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
- a cheap pretentious person, esp a gambler with extravagant claims
- cheap and showy
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Word Origin and History for tinhorn
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