tiny

adjective
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 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?
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Recent Examples on the Web When Science visited last year, Gordo had set up an improvised lab inside a classroom at Sumaúma State Park, a tiny patch of uncut rainforest in the middle of the city, wedged between a busy highway and an upscale mall. Daniel Grossman, Science | AAAS, "Scientists scour the Amazon for pathogens that could spark the next pandemic," 29 Apr. 2021 The existing Joy-Con can also be difficult to use in certain configurations, especially due to its tiny, hard-to-press shoulder buttons. Nicole Vandenbergh, Wired, "9 Upgrades We’d Love to See in the Next Nintendo Switch," 29 Apr. 2021 Everyone, even the tiny one, looked happy and wide-eyed. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Rainy day at Disney includes ponchos, shopping, miracle cannoli," 29 Apr. 2021 The toys came complete with tiny signs that warned of imminent tear gas or of demonstrators’ possible violation of the national-security law, replicas of those carried by police during the 2019 and 2020 protests. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "The Jarring Reality Hong Kong’s Dissidents See From Jail," 29 Apr. 2021 The tiny cabins are geared toward short stays -- usually 1 to 3 days, although as of April 2021, the length of guest stays is up nearly 20% year over year. Marnie Hunter, CNN, "Tiny cabins become hot property in pandemic," 29 Apr. 2021 The pieces of the asteroid that landed in Botswana were relatively tiny. Mike Wehner, BGR, "An asteroid hit Earth in 2018, and now we know where it came from," 27 Apr. 2021 Congressional legal aid funding is tiny on the scale of money going to Covid-19 relief. NBC News, "More people than ever need legal aid services. But the pandemic has hit legal aid funding hard.," 25 Apr. 2021 To get an idea of how small the particles a HEPA filter can trap are, a single hair has a diameter of roughly 50 to 100 microns, so a particle of 0.3 microns is extremely tiny and imperceptible to the human eye. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "Does my Shark vacuum have a HEPA filter?," 11 Apr. 2021

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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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1 May 2021

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“Tiny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiny. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for tiny

tiny

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tiny

: very small

tiny

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

Kids Definition of tiny

: very small

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