teen·​sy | \ ˈtēn(t)-sē How to pronounce teensy (audio) \
teensier; teensiest

Definition of teensy

: tiny

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Examples of teensy in a Sentence

for years we lived in a teensy apartment that was the size of the proverbial broom closet

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Hot Wheels, which is owned by multinational toy company Mattel, can take a full-size vehicle and transform it into a teensy one on store shelves in 12 to 18 months. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "How Mattel Shrinks Cars Into Hot Wheels (Crash Test Included)," 4 June 2019 Celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Solange made teensy eyewear inescapable last year, but the ‘90s-style Matrix shades may already be on their way out. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Tiny Sunglasses Are So Last Year—Just Ask Rihanna," 15 Jan. 2019 Marc Jacobs’s 1987 Freudian slip, for example, is shown on a butch male mannequin, while Stella McCartney’s banana-print swimwear for Chloé is presented alongside a teensy pair of banana trunks for dudes by Libertine. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "An Exclusive First Look at the Met’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion” Catalog," 3 Apr. 2019 The end result was an eye-catching outfit immortalized with a multi-photo Instagram post that showed off each element, from the teensy purse to her outsize gemstone rings—each connecting back to the colors of Lang’s work. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Just Took the Ultimate Art-Selfie in This Luxury L.A. Concept Store," 25 Jan. 2019 Plus his statements are but a teensy fraction of the political hysteria flowing daily from the media. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "We Are a Homicidal Species," 2 Nov. 2018 Designer Susan Alexandra paired them with a teensy leopard minidress and her signature beaded bag. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "These Artist-Designed Tights Are the Antidote to Boring Black Hosiery," 15 Nov. 2018 Either hat could be ballast for that other current Jacquemus best-seller, the teensy Sac Chiquito handbag. Linda Dyett, The Seattle Times, "Hats are big this summer. Really, really big," 16 Aug. 2018 While some foods high in certain compounds such as caffeine may temporarily rev metabolism a teensy bit, coconut oil has yet to show any real results on that front. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "8 Claims You've Heard About Coconut Oil That Aren't True," 21 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of teensy

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teensy

baby-talk alteration of teeny

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English Language Learners Definition of teensy

informal : very small

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