tee·​ny | \ ˈtē-nē \
teenier; teeniest

Definition of teeny

: tiny

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Examples of teeny in a Sentence

I'll just have a teeny piece of cake. I'm a teeny bit upset.

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Instead of the typical après ski gear, Jenner decided to pull out the teeniest swimwear imaginable. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Proves It’s Never Too Cold for a Bikini," 30 Dec. 2018 The most tongue-in-cheek moment is probably when kitchen god Anthony Porowski literally embraces his own most notorious season one recipe—for guacamole—by cradling an abundance of avocados, in a teeny tiny crop top. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Let the New Queer Eye Music Video Bring You Joy—With Avocados," 1 June 2018 Miracle Millie is the world's teeniest chihuahua ever in recorded dog history. Fox News, "Trump eyes even higher tariffs as China trade war escalates," 7 July 2018 Make teeny tiny ice cream sandwiches for kids (or for portion control at a party), using a melon baller as the ice cream scoop. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "17 Ways to Use Nilla Wafers in Almost Every Summer Dessert," 18 June 2018 The Wands for Wildlife program repurposes used mascara wants to serve as teeny tiny brushes for the animals in their care. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Wet n Wild Is Donating Proceeds of Its New Lash Renegade Mascara Shade to Wands for Wildlife," 30 May 2018 Remember teeny little Zora from Disney Channel's Sonny with a Chance? Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Remember Little Zora from "Sonny with a Chance"? You Have to See What She Looks Like Now!," 10 July 2015 The social media star posted posted a full-bod selfie snapped in her hotel bathroom, looking beach-ready in a very teeny red string swim suit by Chanel. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Wore the Tiniest Bikini on Vacation in Turks and Caicos," 9 Apr. 2018 Rich imperial stouts sooth away those final snow storms, and Guinness practically runs in the streets of any town feeling the teeniest bit Irish. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "Why Stouts Are Much More Than Just a St. Patrick's Day Tradition," 16 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of teeny

1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teeny

by alteration

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The first known use of teeny was in 1802

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English Language Learners Definition of teeny

informal : very small


tee·​ny | \ ˈtē-nē \
teenier; teeniest

Kids Definition of teeny

: tiny

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