ti·​ny | \ ˈtī-nē \
tinier; tiniest

Definition of tiny

: very small or diminutive : minute

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Other Words from tiny

tinily \ ˈtī-​nə-​lē \ adverb
tininess \ ˈtī-​nē-​nəs \ 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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Stormi looked just as cute as her mom, twinking away in a sparkly jumpsuit and teeny tiny Air Force 1s. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Legit Couldn't Get Out of Her Christmas Eve Party Dress," 26 Dec. 2018 Well, for one thing, Meghan and Mandy met through Meghan's ex-husband, Trevor Engelson, which could make getting together and reminiscing about the good ol' days a tiny bit awkward. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Mandy Moore and Meghan Markle's Friendship Dates Back to 2007's 'License to Wed'," 17 Nov. 2018 Experts told me that such tiny samples of genetic material, degraded by the passage of 29 years and exposure to air and the elements under a homeowner's heavily trafficked floor, would likely not provide enough material to result in a DNA match. Eric Shawn, Fox News, "Jimmy Hoffa investigation: Frank Sheeran and blood evidence found in the case," 30 July 2018 After a stint in New Jersey — where Salur’s mother is from — the newlyweds headed west to San Francisco, living in a tiny in-law apartment in the avenues while working in restaurants and retail shops and going to school. Maggie Hoffman, SFChronicle.com, "Finding love at Orson’s Belly in the Richmond," 12 July 2018 Middle children, the most populous birth-order demographic throughout most of human history, will soon be the tiniest. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "The Extinction of the Middle Child," 11 July 2018 Only this Jewish New Yorker with $50 billion in his pocket could, in a contest of swinging personal assets, make Trump look tiny. Logan Jenkins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For true moderates, New Yorker tops Dem dream ticket," 9 July 2018 Profar is from the Curacao, a tiny Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela with deep Dutch roots. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Pitching duel helps breeze past the offense," 6 July 2018 Real-estate prices in China’s biggest cities have risen far beyond the average person’s budget, recalling the 100-year loans people used in the late 1980s to buy tiny Tokyo apartments. Peter Landers, WSJ, "The Old U.S. Trade War With Japan Looms Over Today’s Dispute With China," 13 Dec. 2018

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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 \
tinier; tiniest

Kids Definition of tiny

: very small

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