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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Recent Examples on the Web The products caught up in the spat represent only a tiny sliver of Australian exports to China, which amounted to A$153bn last year. The Economist, "Barley barney and beef beef China punishes Australia for promoting an inquiry into covid-19," 20 May 2020 Brittany Smith faces trial — and up to life in prison, if convicted — for fatally shooting Todd Smith (no relation) at her home in the tiny town of Stevenson during the early morning hours of Jan. 16, 2018. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Judge declines to recuse from case of Alabama woman who killed alleged rapist," 19 May 2020 The couple and their boys built their own house from the ground up in Sutton, a tiny town with a coal-mining history in the Matanuska Valley. Author: Abigail Curtis, Anchorage Daily News, "Decades before COVID-19 claimed a Maine woman, she lived the frontier life in Alaska," 15 May 2020 Enjoy the Mediterranean ambiance of Avalon, one of the tiny towns on the island, and check out the huge selection of activities, including scuba diving, ziplining, kayaking, and hiking. Claire Trageser, Travel + Leisure, "The 50 Best Romantic Getaways," 28 Apr. 2020 Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the shooting was reported Saturday night in the tiny town of Portapique. Fox News, "Canadian police arrest suspect in active shooting probe with several victims," 20 Apr. 2020 Some of her work was hands-on, like when Walmart announced a new supercenter in the tiny Maine town of Damariscotta. David Streitfeld, New York Times, "As Amazon Rises, So Does the Opposition," 18 Apr. 2020 A few hours later, the Thomases pulled into the tiny town of D’Hanis, looking for William Rodriguez, and the locals knew where to find him. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "On track and in life, William Rodriguez left lasting legacy," 11 Apr. 2020 South of Houston in the tiny town of Hitchcock, two mysterious columns tower near the intersection of FM 2004 and FM 646. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "The World War II story behind two giant, mysterious columns in Hitchcock," 27 Mar. 2020

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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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Last Updated

24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tiny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiny. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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