Definition of tinny in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪni/

adjective (tinnier, tinniest)

1Having a displeasingly thin, metallic sound: tinny music played in the background
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  • Guns firing sound like they're coming from the back of a cave; music sounds tinny, as if you're listening to an AM radio station.
  • The dialogue is often difficult to hear and the music sounds tinny and flat.
  • It clanged to the ground making a tinny metallic sound.
1.1Made of thin or poor-quality metal: a tinny little car
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  • Some metals have that cheap, tinny feel to them and this is not one of them.
  • There is an urgent need for us to focus on tagging, vandal damage, and tinny houses.
1.2Having an unpleasantly metallic taste: canned artichokes taste somewhat tinny
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  • Blueberries lose it completely, developing an actively unpleasant, tinny taste that even mountains of sugar can't mask.
  • There was an unpleasant tinny taste in his mouth.
  • I could both smell and taste the tinny metallic taste of blood.
2Australian /NZ informal Lucky: I’m what you might call tinny
Early 20th century: from tin 'luck' (literally 'money, cash'
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  • It's amazing how often a game of cricket can turn on one single stroke of tinny luck.


(also tinnie) (plural tinnies) Australian /NZ informal
1A can of beer: let’s crack open a tinny, mate
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  • Dusted meself off, opened a cheap tinnie of lager, sat down and chilled out.
  • Crack open a tinnie and chuck another bamboo shoot on the barbie, she'll be right!
  • Open a few tinnies and settle in for some quality entertainment.
2A small boat with an aluminium hull.
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  • The ferries, warships, water taxis, huge container vessels, yachts and fishing tinnies ply with impunity one of the greatest anchorages and working harbours in the world.
  • Even the ubiquitous tinnies are made of aluminium these days.
  • ‘They used binoculars to check and saw two men sitting on an upturned four metre tinny,’.
3NZ informal A portion of cannabis wrapped in tin foil: they could buy a tinny for about $20



Example sentences
  • Anne Diamond sitting forlornly on the sofa in a stupid wig during the ‘Eighties Party’, looking bleakly into the middle distance while Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart blares tinnily into the Big Brother House.
  • A cheery consular officials sat behind a bank teller's glass screen and informed me, tinnily, through a Bose speaker that my four-year ancestry-based entry permit will be ready to collect lunchtime tomorrow.
  • A broad scouse voice tinnily chimed out from my speakers as I watched the hubbub on the street below.


Example sentences
  • The soundtrack suffers a bit from tinniness and scratching in certain parts, and the 2.0 Dolby surround is not very lively, but it is robust and even the smallest grunts and sighs come through clearly.
  • Audio quality varies greatly; at its worst, there's buzz, flatness, and tinniness; at other moments it is respectably clear and shows adequate fidelity.
  • While one can gauge a tiny bit of tinniness in the scoring, the dialogue is always understandable (with an assist from the subtitles) and easy to hear.

Words that rhyme with tinny

blini, cine, Finney, finny, Ginny, guinea, hinny, mini, Minnie, ninny, pinny, Pliny, shinny, skinny, spinney, whinny

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