tinhorn

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English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

tinhorn (comparative more tinhorn, superlative most tinhorn)

  1. (US) Cheap, inferior; pretentious.

Noun[edit]

tinhorn (plural tinhorns)

  1. (US) A contemptible or pretentious person, especially one who gambles for low stakes.
    • 1899, Stephen Crane, chapter 1, Twelve O'Clock:
      “[…] Them rich fellers, they don't make no bad breaks with their money. They watch it all th' time b'cause they know blame well there ain't hardly room fer their feet fer th' pikers an' tin-horns an' thimble-riggers what are layin' fer 'em. […]”