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

Definition of teensy

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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
Recent Examples on the Web But perhaps our favorite in the neighborhood comes from this teensy establishment on High Street, where brick oven pizzas are made with love and pride. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "5 pizzas in the Baltimore area you need to try," 22 Dec. 2020 Doesn’t that sound more than a teensy bit hypocritical? Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: After denying their drivers employee status, Uber and Lyft call them ‘essential’," 15 Dec. 2020 Yet animals near the ocean floor have to get by on teensy scraps, preying on the scant species that live there or hoovering up biological detritus that sinks down from carcasses above. Riley Black, Popular Science, "Could an ancient megashark still lurk in the deep seas?," 15 Oct. 2020 Maybe Major League Baseball should try a version of that to solve this teensy-weensy face-off over the destruction of the 2020 season and the sport itself, which John Shea so eloquently describes. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants Splash: MLB should send Nick Hundley, Gregor Blanco into talks with union," 17 June 2020 In 1897, Thomson discovered the electron, a particle too teensy to be measured. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "How the Coronavirus Got Its Close-Up, Thanks to Electrons," 19 May 2020 The all-white gown featured delicate pleats and spaghetti straps, with Johnson’s teensy bandeau top serving as the perfect complement for the voluminous skirt. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Dakota Johnson Rips Up the Rulebook on Ballgowns," 28 Oct. 2019 But this new study has found the skull shaping trait in teensy frogs, all the way up to the Beezlebufo (a.k.a. the devil frog), the biggest frog ever known. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "These spiky frog skulls look more like dinosaur fossils," 4 Apr. 2020 The flavor is rich and nutty and a teensy bit sweet, and the midnight sky hue comes from antioxidants, apparently, which, great. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "Crispy Black Rice and Sweet Chinese Sausage Team Up for the Thanksgiving Side of Our Dreams," 16 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of teensy was in 1856

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30 Dec 2020

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“Teensy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teensy. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of teensy

informal : very small

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