AskDefine | Define tinny

Dictionary Definition

tinny adj
1 of very poor quality [syn: bum, cheap, cheesy, chintzy, crummy, punk, sleazy]
2 thin and metallic in sound; lacking resonance; "an unpleasant tinny voice" [also: tinniest, tinnier]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Of or pertaining to or resembling tin.
    The object had a tinny appearance.
  2. Pertaining to the thinness and cheapness of tin or similar-looking metals, in contrast to a heavier, more valuable metal.
    The shop was filled with tinny tourist geegaws.
  3. Pertaining to a thin, unpleasant sound recalling that of tin being rapped.
    The piano was not simply out of tune, but had become downright tinny.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Mickey Mouse, aureate, base, brass, brassy, brazen, bronze, bronzy, cheap, cheesy, choked, coarse, common, copper, coppery, cracked, croaking, croaky, cupreous, cuprous, dry, ferrous, ferruginous, flimsy, fourth-class, gilt, gold, gold-filled, gold-plated, golden, gruff, guttural, harsh, harsh-sounding, hoarse, husky, inferior, iron, ironlike, irregular, lead, leaden, low-class, low-grade, low-quality, low-test, mean, mercurial, mercurous, metallic, nickel, nickelic, nickeline, paltry, pewter, pewtery, poor, punk, quicksilver, ragged, raucid, raucous, rough, roupy, rude, second-best, second-class, seedy, shabby, shoddy, silver, silver-plated, silvery, squawking, squawky, steel, steely, stertorous, strangled, tacky, tawdry, thick, third-class, third-rate, throaty, tin, twangy
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