tin ear


noun

an insensitivity to melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic variety in music.
an insensitivity to subtlety or appropriateness in verbal expression: a tin ear for clear, precise prose.

Nearby words

  1. timur,
  2. tin,
  3. tin can,
  4. tin cup,
  5. tin difluoride,
  6. tin fish,
  7. tin god,
  8. tin hat,
  9. tin lizzie,
  10. tin pan alley

Origin of tin ear

First recorded in 1915–20

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