Definition of tinny in US English:

tinny

adjectivetinniest, tinnier

  • 1Having a displeasingly thin, metallic sound.

    ‘tinny music played in the background’
    • ‘The dialogue is often difficult to hear and the music sounds tinny and flat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It features the rather tinny sound of a ball dropping into a hole.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The cheesy dialogue is poorly mixed, often sounding tinny and hushed.’
    • ‘Isn't she that annoying bimbo with the tinny voice who constantly hangs around him?’
    • ‘I say again: the sound is dreadful - terribly aged, degraded, compressed, tinny, and just overall awful sounding.’
    • ‘By contrast, the 2.0 track is nowhere as good, often sounding flat and tinny.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is completely overmodulated, distorted, tinny, and terribly noisy.’
    • ‘It clanged to the ground making a tinny metallic sound.’
    • ‘Dialogue often sounded unnaturally tinny, as though people were speaking from within a metallic tube.’
    • ‘The broadcasts always ended with a spookily-cheery valediction of ‘Good-bye, dear listeners’ and a tinny recording of the Internationale.’
    • ‘Just one listen and you are teleported back to a day of reverb guitars, tinny bass and minimalist drums.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Armed with my positive memory, I pushed the play button on my own small, tinny stereo, in the hope that my mood would improve.’
    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’
      • ‘Some metals have that cheap, tinny feel to them and this is not one of them.’
      • ‘There is an urgent need for us to focus on tagging, vandal damage, and tinny houses.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Blueberries lose it completely, developing an actively unpleasant, tinny taste that even mountains of sugar can't mask.’
      • ‘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

/ˈtɪni//ˈtinē/