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

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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 Those are pretty much meaningless save for making a playoff-less season look a teensy bit better. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: To tank? Or not to tank? That is not the question for the Colts," 19 Dec. 2019 Oh, and that isn't counting the unknown numbers of teensy mites, aphids, and thrips. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Bugs, rodent hair and poop: How much is legally allowed in the food you eat every day?," 4 Oct. 2019 The story revolves around Candace’s character, Lauren, who winds up in the teensy city of Grandon Falls during her search for a more picket fence-like lifestyle. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Christmas Town' Was Actually Filmed in a Huge City (But You'd Never Know It)," 2 Dec. 2019 Cut a teensy tiny hole in the corner of the plastic bag then push the chocolate to the corner. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "These Spooky Sweets Are Perfect For An Adult Halloween Treat," 25 Oct. 2019 Asparagus can contain 40 or more scary-looking but teensy thrips for every ¼ pound. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Bugs, rodent hair and poop: How much is legally allowed in the food you eat every day?," 4 Oct. 2019 There are hundreds of dog breeds around the world, from the teensy chihuahua to the massive Saint Bernard—all thanks to centuries of selective breeding by humans. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Centuries of breeding have reshaped dog brains—here’s how," 2 Sep. 2019 Trapped in a teensy, overheated car with handsome B&B guest Aubrey (Y’lan Noel), Zadie has to get creative with her seduction, which results in a screwball attempted make-out session. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Sasheer Zamata Is Back and Reinventing the Rom-Com," 16 Sep. 2019 Lella is a hybrid of a third-wave coffee shop and a teensy grocery store plucked off of a vicolo, or small alley, in Italy. Emily Schultz, Bon Appétit, "My Version of Self Care Is Going to Lella Alimentari," 13 Sep. 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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Last Updated

5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Teensy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teensy. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of teensy

informal : very small

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