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[tin-pot] /ˈtɪnˈpɒt/
inferior; paltry; shoddy.
Origin of tin-pot
First recorded in 1765-75; from the believed inferior quality of a tin pot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for tinpot
Historical Examples
  • When they came at last, in their tinpot hats, they got out half a dozen big squirts and rushed into the building with them.

    A Book of Burlesques

    H. L. Mencken
  • England will blow your trumpery little fleet out of the water and sweep your tinpot army into Siberia for this.

    Great Catherine George Bernard Shaw
  • "The tinpot style," said Mr. Britling at last in a voice of extreme bitterness.

British Dictionary definitions for tinpot


adjective (prenominal) (Brit, informal)
inferior, cheap, or worthless
paltry; unimportant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for tinpot



Inferior; petty; tinhorn: tinpot Napoleons/ individual liberty from coercive tin-pot bigots

[1838+; apparently in part fr the image of a ludicrous military figure wearing a grandiose tin helmet, a sort of tin soldier]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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