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tinny

[tin-ee] /ˈtɪn i/
adjective, tinnier, tinniest.
1.
of or like tin.
2.
containing tin.
3.
lacking in timbre or resonance; sounding thin or twangy:
a tinny piano.
4.
not strong or durable; flimsy; shoddy.
5.
having the taste of tin.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; tin + -y1
Related forms
tinnily, adverb
tinniness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tinny

tinny

/ˈtɪnɪ/
adjective -nier, -niest
1.
of, relating to, or resembling tin
2.
cheap, badly made, or shoddy
3.
(of a sound) high, thin, and metallic
4.
(of food or drink) flavoured with metal, as from a container
5.
(Austral, informal) lucky
noun (pl) -nies
6.
(Austral, slang) a can of beer
7.
(Austral, informal) Also tinnie. a small fishing or pleasure boat with an aluminium hull
Derived Forms
tinnily, adverb
tinniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tinny
adj.

1550s, from tin + -y (2). Used figuratively (of sounds, etc.) since 1877.

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