teen·​sy | \ˈtēn(t)-sē \
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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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 First, Gabrielle cleaned my skin and then began dry microdermabrasion (a teensy exfoliating vacuum) to slough of dead skin cells on my face, arms, and legs. Katheryn Erickson, Town & Country, "Beauty Address: Dangene's Institute of Skinovation," 16 Feb. 2014 Accessorized to the hilt with several diamond and aquamarine David Webb necklaces, a teensy train case, a Stalvey bag, and a matching pair of Manolo Blahnik high heel sandals, the outfit was arresting. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Goes Pastel Princess on the Streets of New York," 7 June 2018 An automaker in some other state could meet its ostensibly looser rules on pay, overtime or rest periods and pass California’s scrutiny, while Tesla could fall just a teensy bit short on California’s rules and get a black mark. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Why is Tesla fighting a rule that would force electric-car manufacturers to treat their workers well?," 15 June 2018 The result is the ideal manicure for people with teensy-tiny knots and no room in their bag for a real brush or comb. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Nail Artist Turned Fingernails Into Working Combs and the Internet Is Freaking Out," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of teensy

1899, 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 1899

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English Language Learners Definition of teensy

: very small

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