2. Noun. (American English) A contemptible or pretentious person, especially one who gambles for low stakes ¹
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Definition of Tinhorn
1. a showily pretentious person [n -S]
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Literary usage of Tinhorn
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. British Columbia Adventure Guide by Lynn Readicker-Henderson (2004)
"tinhorn Creek consistently wins top awards for its Cabernet Franc. In addition to the usual tasting room and the great demo garden, tinhorn Creek has some ..."
2. In the Tracks of the Trades: The Account of a Fourteen Thousand Mile by Lewis Ransome Freeman (1920)
"Wonder who's at the bottom of it, anyhow. Eh! What? Who spoke? You, Capt'n? No. Oh, you, old tinhorn. My word, but you gave me a turn. "God" you sez. ..."
3. In the Tracks of the Trades: The Account of a Fourteen Thousand Mile by Lewis Ransome Freeman (1920)
"Oh, you, old tinhorn. My word, but you gave me a turn. "God," you sez. ... You wasn't laid out with a crack on the nut, old tinhorn; tell us how it happened ..."
4. Annual Report of the Minister of Mines for the Year Ending by British Columbia Dept. of Mines (1898)
"In the southerly area, us in the tinhorn and Smuggler properties, some of the quartz is white, but much is of the bluish-white character often distinguished ..."
5. The Lady Doc by Caroline Lockhart (1912)
"Percy Parrot chancing to observe "tinhorn Frank" sliding toward the door with two ... As "tinhorn" lay prone he was shamed in vivid English by the graceful ..."