- 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.
- cauliflower ear.
Origin of tin ear
First recorded in 1915–20
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While McCain was at his most gracious, it was his audience who had the tin-ear.A Speech to Make the World Stop
November 5, 2008