adjective (tinnier; -est) Date: 1552 1. of, abounding in, or yielding tin 2. a. resembling tin b. light, cheap c. lacking depth or substance ; empty <
tinny arguments
3. thin in tone <
a tinny voice
tinnily adverbtinniness noun

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  • tinny — tin|ny [ tıni ] adjective 1. ) a tinny sound is high and unpleasant: a cheap radio playing tinny music 2. ) tinny objects are made from thin metal of bad quality: a tinny little car …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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