[ tin-pan ]

  1. harsh, tinny, or clanging; noisy.

Origin of tin-pan

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
  • Also tin-pan·ny [tin-pan-ee] /ˈtɪnˌpæn i/ .

Words Nearby tin-pan

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How to use tin-pan in a sentence

  • A straining voice in the sitting-room and the tin-pan tones of a piano were hushed, and out upon the veranda came several women.

  • In the dooryard, a dull fire smoked in a tin pan,—a "smudge" to drive off the mosquitoes.