Definition of rinky-tink in English:

rinky-tink

adjective

US
slang
  • Having a simple, repetitive style and rhythm; specifically designating a tinkling, jangling style of piano music, or a piano playing this.

noun

US
slang
  • 1A piano that plays rinky-tink music, especially one that has been adapted to produce a tinkling, jangling sound. rare.

  • 2Rinky-tink music or rhythm.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The New York Times. Reduplication of tink [noun¹]. Compare earlier tink-a-tink, tinkle, tinkly, etc.

Pronunciation

rinky-tink

/ˈrɪŋkɪtɪŋk/