ti·​ny | \ ˈtī-nē How to pronounce tiny (audio) \
tinier; tiniest

Definition of tiny

: very small or diminutive : minute

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Other Words from tiny

tinily \ ˈtī-​nə-​lē How to pronounce tinily (audio) \ adverb
tininess \ ˈtī-​nē-​nəs How to pronounce tininess (audio) \ noun

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small, little, diminutive, minute, tiny, miniature mean noticeably below average in size. small and little are often interchangeable, but small applies more to relative size determined by capacity, value, number. a relatively small backyard little is more absolute in implication often carrying the idea of petiteness, pettiness, insignificance, or immaturity. your pathetic little smile diminutive implies abnormal smallness. diminutive bonsai plants minute implies extreme smallness. a minute amount of caffeine in the soda tiny is an informal equivalent to minute. tiny cracks formed in the painting miniature applies to an exactly proportioned reproduction on a very small scale. a dollhouse with miniature furnishings

Examples of tiny in a Sentence

The computer chips were tiny. He's from a tiny town that you've probably never heard of. There's just one tiny little problem. Aren't you even a tiny bit scared?
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Here's some advice: The paper manual in the box is small and the text is tiny, but the manual is available as a PDF. Dallas News, "Casio Pro Trek watch is tough and feature-packed," 8 Aug. 2019 Around the world, in tiny villages and major cities alike, hostel owners are delivering a curated experience that highlights comfort, community and coolness — all for generally much cheaper than a hotel or an Airbnb. NBC News, "Move over, Airbnb. These days, hostels are good for the 'Gram and your wallet.," 3 Aug. 2019 But that sample size is tiny, and there’s a much longer track record of Pomeranz being an inconsistent pitcher who struggles with control. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "MLB Trade Deadline Winners and Losers: What Happened to the Yankees and Dodgers?," 31 July 2019 In the tiny village of Sakassou, people draw water from the well with a foot pump, raise pigs and chickens, and cook over open fires. Anemona Hartocollis, BostonGlobe.com, "Less waste and more schools, one plastic brick at a time," 27 July 2019 In the tiny village of Sakassou, people draw water from the well with a foot pump, raise pigs and chickens, and cook over open fires. Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, "Less Trash, More Schools — One Plastic Brick at a Time," 27 July 2019 Seattle, for example, puts city money into tiny home villages. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: Can this former leader of the secession movement bring Colorado together?," 25 July 2019 In 2017, the tiny, cobblestoned village was voted the country's favorite village in Village préféré des Français, a TV program that polls citizens every year to crown a winner. Condé Nast Traveler, "17 Most Beautiful Small Towns in France," 17 July 2019 This tiny city’s GDP was more than 30 percent of China’s in the early 1980s. Christine Loh, Time, "Hong Kong Needs a Deep Dialogue of Reconciliation In Order to Move Forward," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of tiny

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tiny

alteration of Middle English tine

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The first known use of tiny was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of tiny

: very small


ti·​ny | \ ˈtī-nē How to pronounce tiny (audio) \
tinier; tiniest

Kids Definition of tiny

: very small

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