Words nearby rinky-tink
What does rinky-tink mean?
Rinky-tink means corny or outdated. It can be used to describe the kinds of things that seem a bit old-fashioned and silly because they come from another era.
The similar term rinky-dink can be used to mean the same thing, but it more commonly means inferior, amateurish, or small-time.
The term ricky-tick can also be used to mean the same thing as rinky-tink.
Both rinky-tink and ricky-tick can also be (and were originally) used to describe the mechanical, repetitive style and beat of ragtime or early swing music. Both terms can also be used as nouns to refer to such music.
Example: His act is a bit rinky-tink, if you ask me, but I guess that’s what his audience wants to see.
Where does rinky-tink come from?
The first records of the term rinky-tink come from the early 1900s. It may be a blend of phrases ricky-tick and rinky-dink.
The term ricky-tick is thought to be imitative of the kind of ragtime music it refers to, which is known for its strict two-four time, steady syncopation, and jangling piano sound. Ragtime was developed around 1900 and was especially popularized by Scott Joplin.
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How is rinky-tink used in real life?
Rinky-tink is not commonly used. When it is, it’s often used in the context of music.
Has a curse been placed on the #LSSC band to make them play the same rinky-tink song when introduced every night? Please learn another one.
— Michael Markowitz (@markowitz) May 10, 2016
Rinky tink hi hat behind bass solos
— chris batchelor (@crillbat) October 11, 2020
My neighbours – who are in their mid-twenties – are listening to rinky-tink piano music today
— semi-hiatus – radish brick HQ (@rowanburies) November 22, 2020
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Is rinky-tink used correctly in the following sentence?
I love the rinky-tink sound of tinny old player pianos.
How to use rinky-tink in a sentence
But sailor no tink so; ebery night we all sing—Britong nebber, nebber, nebber, will be slave.Newton Forster|Captain Frederick Marryat
“Me tink dey go norf on war-trail to join de great chief Oceola,” observed Jup.In the Wilds of Florida|W.H.G. Kingston
Makes me tink ob how dat young Mars' Lion have com'd up to be a man all to onct.Maid Sally|Harriet A. Cheever
Dey keep tink Pomp am de head, and sit on um and bite lil bit out ob um arm and neck.Mass' George|George Manville Fenn
You tink I haf not imparted ze instruction to ze midsheepmens before, eh?The Dreadnought of the Air|Percy F. Westerman