from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, containing, or yielding tin.
  • adj. Tasting or smelling of tin: tinny canned food.
  • adj. Having a thin metallic sound: a high tinny voice.
  • adj. Weak or thin; flimsy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to or resembling tin.
  • adj. Pertaining to the thinness and cheapness of tin or similar-looking metals, in contrast to a heavier, more valuable metal.
  • adj. Pertaining to a thin, unpleasant sound recalling that of tin being rapped.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, abounding with, or resembling, tin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or relating to tin; containing tin; resembling tin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of very poor quality; flimsy
  • adj. of or containing tin
  • adj. thin and metallic in sound; lacking resonance


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  • See also my tags “tinny” and “woody”.

    November 27, 2009

  • Damn! John already beat me to it.

    November 27, 2009

  • See citation on tinnie. Not to mention the wonderful-sounding Mooney Mooney Workers Club.

    June 24, 2009

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