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TIN EAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tin ear mean? 

TIN EAR (noun)
  The noun TIN EAR has 2 senses:

1. an inability to distinguish differences in pitch
2. insensitivity to the appropriateness or subtlety of language

  Familiarity information: TIN EAR used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


TIN EAR (noun)


Sense 1tin ear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inability to distinguish differences in pitch

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

tin ear; tone deafness

Hypernyms ("tin ear" is a kind of...):

deafness; hearing loss (partial or complete loss of hearing)


Sense 2tin ear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Insensitivity to the appropriateness or subtlety of language

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

he has a tin ear for dialogue

Hypernyms ("tin ear" is a kind of...):

insensitiveness; insensitivity (the inability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment)


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