adjective ti·ny \ˈtī-nē\

: very small


Full Definition of TINY

:  very small or diminutive :  minute
ti·ni·ly \ˈtī-nə-lē\ adverb
ti·ni·ness \ˈtī-nē-nəs\ noun

Examples of TINY

  1. The computer chips were tiny.
  2. He's from a tiny town that you've probably never heard of.
  3. There's just one tiny little problem.
  4. Aren't you even a tiny bit scared?

Origin of TINY

alteration of Middle English tine
First Known Use: 1598

Synonym Discussion of TINY

small, little, diminutive, minute, tiny, miniature mean noticeably below average in size. small and little are often interchangeable, but small applies more to relative size determined by capacity, value, number <a relatively small backyard>. little is more absolute in implication often carrying the idea of petiteness, pettiness, insignificance, or immaturity <your pathetic little smile>. diminutive implies abnormal smallness <diminutive bonsai plants>. minute implies extreme smallness <a minute amount of caffeine in the soda>. tiny is an informal equivalent to minute <tiny cracks formed in the painting>. miniature applies to an exactly proportioned reproduction on a very small scale <a dollhouse with miniature furnishings>.

Rhymes with TINY

TINIER Defined for Kids


adjective ti·ny \ˈtī-nē\

Definition of TINY for Kids

:  very small


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