tinhorn

[tin-hawrn]Slang.

noun

someone, especially a gambler, who pretends to be important but actually has little money, influence, or skill.

adjective

cheap and insignificant; small-time: a tinhorn racket.

Nearby words

  1. tinge,
  2. tinged,
  3. tingle,
  4. tingley,
  5. tingly,
  6. tinia,
  7. tinian,
  8. tink,
  9. tinker,
  10. tinker with

Origin of tinhorn

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; tin + horn

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British Dictionary definitions for tin horn

tinhorn

noun

a cheap pretentious person, esp a gambler with extravagant claims

adjective

cheap and showy
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Word Origin and History for tin horn

tinhorn

adj.

"petty but flashy," 1857, from tin + horn (n.); originally of low-class gamblers, from the tin cans they used for shaking dice.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper