Definition of tinny in English:

tinny

adjective

  • 1Having a displeasingly thin, metallic sound.

    ‘tinny music played in the background’
    • ‘The sum of £50,000 being quoted would have been better spent on giving the town hall a decent set of chimes to replace the present tinny sound of the bells.’
    • ‘The broadcasts always ended with a spookily-cheery valediction of ‘Good-bye, dear listeners’ and a tinny recording of the Internationale.’
    • ‘I say again: the sound is dreadful - terribly aged, degraded, compressed, tinny, and just overall awful sounding.’
    • ‘The rooms were perfect in every detail, with hot and cold running taps in every bedroom, dimmer light-switches and wirelesses that actually seemed to be making a barely decipherable tinny broadcast.’
    • ‘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 sound was tinny and the picture was black and white.’
    • ‘It clanged to the ground making a tinny metallic sound.’
    • ‘By contrast, the 2.0 track is nowhere as good, often sounding flat and tinny.’
    • ‘In comparison, the original mono track is distorted, indistinct, and terribly tinny, but for preservation's sake, it is nice to see it included here.’
    • ‘The cheesy dialogue is poorly mixed, often sounding tinny and hushed.’
    • ‘There was a tinny crash as the prisoner threw his metal bowl of slop at the wall, followed by the complaints of the other prisoners.’
    • ‘Dialogue often sounded unnaturally tinny, as though people were speaking from within a metallic tube.’
    • ‘Just one listen and you are teleported back to a day of reverb guitars, tinny bass and minimalist drums.’
    • ‘It is completely overmodulated, distorted, tinny, and terribly noisy.’
    • ‘It features the rather tinny sound of a ball dropping into a hole.’
    • ‘I loved knowing that the music I was playing and the words I was speaking were in people's homes and cars, in the kitchen at restaurants or on tinny boomboxes in freshman dorm rooms.’
    • ‘Armed with my positive memory, I pushed the play button on my own small, tinny stereo, in the hope that my mood would improve.’
    • ‘The dialogue is often difficult to hear and the music sounds tinny and flat.’
    • ‘Isn't she that annoying bimbo with the tinny voice who constantly hangs around him?’
    • ‘It would appear that only the speaker covers are large and that the actual speakers are tiny, since the sound quality is tinny and poor when playing back music.’
    jangling, jangly, jingling, jingly, plinky, thin, metallic
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    1. 1.1 (of an object) made of thin or poor-quality metal.
      ‘a tinny little car’
      • ‘There is an urgent need for us to focus on tagging, vandal damage, and tinny houses.’
      • ‘Some metals have that cheap, tinny feel to them and this is not one of them.’
      flimsy, thin, insubstantial, cheap, cheapjack, shoddy, poor-quality, inferior, low-grade, tawdry, rubbishy, trashy, gimcrack, jerry-built
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    2. 1.2 Having an unpleasantly metallic taste.
      ‘canned artichokes taste somewhat tinny’
      • ‘Blueberries lose it completely, developing an actively unpleasant, tinny taste that even mountains of sugar can't mask.’
      • ‘Behind the dish's overwhelming dose of lime juice, the broth was tinny and under-salted and left an unpleasant, lingering taste that I associate with the pre-prepared garlic paste you buy in jars.’
      • ‘Its tinny taste failed to inspire drinkers to stay and by 1984 wasn't even one of the ten most popular sodas in the U.S. anymore.’
      • ‘There was an unpleasant tinny taste in his mouth.’
      • ‘I could both smell and taste the tinny metallic taste of blood.’

Pronunciation

tinny

/ˈtinē//ˈtɪni/