tinny

[ tin-ee ]
/ ˈtɪn i /

adjective, tin·ni·er, tin·ni·est.

of or like tin.
containing tin.
lacking in timbre or resonance; sounding thin or twangy: a tinny piano.
not strong or durable; flimsy; shoddy.
having the taste of tin.

Nearby words

  1. tinnevelly,
  2. tinnevelly senna,
  3. tinnient,
  4. tinning,
  5. tinnitus,
  6. tinpot,
  7. tinsel,
  8. tinselly,
  9. tinselry,
  10. tinseltown

Origin of tinny

First recorded in 1545–55; tin + -y1

Related formstin·ni·ly, adverbtin·ni·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for tinny

tinny

/ (ˈtɪnɪ) /

adjective -nier or -niest

noun plural -nies

Australian slang a can of beer
Also: tinnie Australian informal a small fishing or pleasure boat with an aluminium hull
Derived Formstinnily, adverbtinniness, noun

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Word Origin and History for tinny

tinny

adj.

1550s, from tin + -y (2). Used figuratively (of sounds, etc.) since 1877.

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