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

Choose the Right Synonym for tiny

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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But many of the region’s pig farms are tiny, as in China. The Economist, "African swine fever spreads to South-East Asia," 19 June 2019 Bacteria are tiny: orders of magnitude smaller than typical eukaryotic cells, and sometimes even smaller than eukaryotes’ organelles. Quanta Magazine, "Bacterial Complexity Revises Ideas About ‘Which Came First?’," 16 June 2019 Today, archaeologists have catalogued the remains of hundreds of these waterside islands, most of which now look like tiny, tree-covered islands or mounds that skirt just below the water's surface. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Scotland’s Tiny Artificial Islands Date to the Stone Age," 14 June 2019 The character may be tiny but his big shtick is hard to resist. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Tessa Thompson aside, ‘Men in Black: International’ is a globe-trotting mediocrity," 13 June 2019 The character may be tiny but his big shtick is hard to resist. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: Tessa Thompson aside, 'Men in Black: International' is a globe-trotting mediocrity," 12 June 2019 But creating a tiny, robotic rover that can survive the lunar surface’s extreme swings in temperature, low gravity, and a high radiation environment is no easy task. Loren Grush, The Verge, "This tiny rover will test how well small mobile robots can survive on the Moon," 6 June 2019 Because gas bubbles are tiny—and the seafloor is deep, dark and often noisy with the sounds of marine life and passing ships—detecting wayward CO2 has been a challenge. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico," 6 June 2019 The needle was bent, but contained a tiny, three-millimeter sample. Matthew Abbott, New York Times, "The Revered Crocodiles of This Island Nation Have Suddenly Started Killing People," 6 June 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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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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