One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having a simple, repetitive style and rhythm; specifically designating a tinkling, jangling style of piano music, or a piano playing this.
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.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The New York Times. Reduplication of tink [noun¹]. Compare earlier tink-a-tink, tinkle, tinkly, etc.
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