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

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 The booklouse, which has not been found outdoors in Alaska, feeds on teensy bits of mold that form on formerly living things, including food. Ned Rozell | Alaska Science, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Feb. 2023 And After That, a teensy McAllen, Tx.-based clothing company that inventively—and often cheekily—pays homage to movies and bands with shirts, T-shirts and hoodies. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2023 That game was developed by the teensy two-person Swedish studio Dennaton Games and somehow went on to sell over 1.5 million copies. Luke Winkie, Vulture, 9 Mar. 2022 There are also a few teensy grains of zircon from Jack Hills, Australia, dated to about 4.4 billion years old. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 16 Mar. 2017 The dead battery that could’ve ruined my entire trip was instead a teensy, minor annoyance. Eric Ravenscraft, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2022 This is not the case with Pretty in Pink, which made $40 million on a comparatively teensy $9 million budget. Drew MacKie, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2022 Hummingbirds are accustomed to feeding at patches of flowers, where each blossom contains just a teensy-tiny amount of life-giving nectar. John Kelly, Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2022 Cascades with an overloaded pack and had just slogged a mile up 1,000 vertical feet, pausing before the valley that would lead to a cirque, when Ms. Ultralight swept up silently behind me wearing minimalist trail-running shoes and a teensy pack. Will Taylor, Outside Online, 26 June 2022

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Word History


baby-talk alteration of teeny

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teensy was in 1856

Dictionary Entries Near teensy

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“Teensy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teensy. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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