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TINNY (tinnier, tinniest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tinny mean? 

TINNY (adjective)
  The adjective TINNY has 3 senses:

1. of or containing tin
2. of very poor quality; flimsy
3. thin and metallic in sound; lacking resonance

  Familiarity information: TINNY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


TINNY (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of or containing tin

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Pertainym:

tin (a silvery malleable metallic element that resists corrosion; used in many alloys and to coat other metals to prevent corrosion; obtained chiefly from cassiterite where it occurs as tin oxide)


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Meaning:

Of very poor quality; flimsy

Synonyms:

punk; crummy; chintzy; cheesy; bum; sleazy; tinny; cheap

Similar:

inferior (of low or inferior quality)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


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Meaning:

Thin and metallic in sound; lacking resonance

Context example:

an unpleasant tinny voice

Similar:

metal; metallic (containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal)


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