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Etymology 1[edit]

From tin +‎ -y.


tinny (comparative tinnier or more tinny, superlative tinniest or most tinny)

  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.
    • 2012, Mike Brent, Fiona Dent, The Leader's Guide to Influence
      You might find yourself listening to the sound your car door makes when it shuts. Is it a cheap tinny sound or a strong clunky sound like the VW?

Etymology 2[edit]

From tin +‎ -y (diminutive suffix).


tinny (plural tinnies)

  1. Alternative form of tinnie