tinhorn
noun Date: 1885 one (as a gambler) who pretends to have money, ability, or influence

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tinhorn — ☆ tinhorn [tin′hôrn΄ ] adj. [< phr. tin horn gambler: so named from use of metal dice shaker in chuck a luck games, scorned as petty by faro dealers] Slang pretending to have money, influence, ability, etc., though actually lacking in these;… …   English World dictionary

  • tinhorn — (adj.) petty but flashy, 1857, from TIN (Cf. tin) + HORN (Cf. horn); originally of low class gamblers, from the tin cans they used for shaking dice …   Etymology dictionary

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  • tinhorn — /tin hawrn /, Slang. n. 1. someone, esp. a gambler, who pretends to be important but actually has little money, influence, or skill. adj. 2. cheap and insignificant; small time: a tinhorn racket. [1880 85, Amer.; TIN + HORN] * * * …   Universalium

  • tinhorn — tin•horn [[t]ˈtɪnˌhɔrn[/t]] Slang. 1) sts someone, esp. a gambler, who pretends to be important 2) sts insignificant; small time: a tinhorn dictator[/ex] • Etymology: 1880–85, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • tinhorn — 1. adjective cheap, inferior; pretentious 2. noun A contemptible or pretentious person, especially one who gambles for low stakes …   Wiktionary

  • tinhorn — Synonyms and related words: Middle America, adventurer, betting ring, bettor, boneshaker, bourgeoisie, burgherdom, cardshark, cardsharp, cardsharper, compulsive gambler, crap shooter, fourth rater, gambler, gamester, hazarder, jerkwater, measly,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • tinhorn — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. gambler, piker. See chance …   English dictionary for students

  • tinhorn — n. braggart, one who brags …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tinhorn — noun N. Amer. informal a person who pretends to have money, influence, or ability …   English new terms dictionary

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