Definition of tinny in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtinē/

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.
1.1(Of an object) made 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈtinilē/
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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Syllabification: tin·ny

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