it·​ty-bit·​ty ˈi-tē-ˈbi-tē How to pronounce itty-bitty (audio)
variants or itsy-bitsy
: extremely small : tiny

Examples of itty-bitty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The doll’s first iteration came with itty-bitty red swim trunks, a towel and cork sandals. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2023 The 14 comes with a flat display and narrow bezels measuring 1.61mm on three sides — there’s an itty-bitty chin with a 1.71mm bezel along the bottom. Allison Johnson, The Verge, 26 Oct. 2023 Bieber first chopped her hair in early 2023 and has been having a lot of fun experimenting with the short style, including itty-bitty buns and supertendril updos. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 23 Oct. 2023 These itty-bitty black holes may also have tilted disks and similarly chaotic dynamics, Kaaz says. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 28 Sep. 2023 The keys do have just an itty-bitty bit of wobble to them, but not enough to be a concern. Wes Davis, The Verge, 3 Sep. 2023 The excursion has also meant a constant turnout of some of the multi-hyphenate’s best summer looks yet, from sophisticated sundresses to itty-bitty string bikinis. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Aug. 2023 Though, her itty-bitty rectangular sunglasses and patent criss-cross sandals also gave the ensemble a luxurious feel. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 13 Aug. 2023 The itty-bitty swimsuit consisted of a stringy halter-style top and cheeky boy shorts. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 July 2023 See More

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Word History


probably from baby talk for little bit

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of itty-bitty was in 1938

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Cite this Entry

“Itty-bitty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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