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

Definition of tiny

: very small or diminutive : minute

Other Words from tiny

tinily \ ˈtī-​nə-​lē How to pronounce tiny (audio) \ adverb
tininess \ ˈtī-​nē-​nəs How to pronounce tiny (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?
Recent Examples on the Web And yet, like the lonsdaleite found in meteorite craters, these synthetic lonsdaleite crystals tend to be tiny—on the scale of nanometers. Daniel Leonard, Scientific American, 28 Sep. 2022 Basil seeds are tiny, so separating them from the small flower petals and chaff can be tedious. Jessica Damiano, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Sep. 2022 Though the flowers somewhat resemble true hyacinths, grape hyacinth (Muscari) is tiny in comparison. Nicole Bradley, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 Beyond the Ultimate’s projects so far have been tiny compared to I-4 Ultimate and some work has been temporary. Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel, 18 Sep. 2022 The main dropper is tiny—an executable file of just 376 bytes. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 9 Sep. 2022 Tucked near the entrance of Beacon Hill Books and Cafe is a tiny room for the imaginary squirrel that calls the shelves home. Diti Kohli, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2022 Crammed into a tiny room under the stadium, Nick Saban is set to address the 20-19 win over Texas. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 10 Sep. 2022 Of course, your tiny dorm room likely isn’t going to offer expansive space for food storage, but there are a couple ways to creatively get around that. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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4 Oct 2022

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“Tiny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiny. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of tiny

: very small

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