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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Inhalation rates of tiny plastic particles were estimated using data from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Susan Scutti, CNN, "You're probably ingesting more than 70,000 microplastic particles each year, study says," 5 June 2019 Quantum mechanics allows a tiny object to be both a particle and a wave, or to be in two places at once. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Exotic particles called pentaquarks may be less weird than previously thought," 5 June 2019 Through some creative hacking, Rachel and Jack discover that this commercial product is actually a fully functioning person of sorts, a mental replica of the real Ashley trapped in a tiny plastic body. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Black Mirror: ‘Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too’ Is a Fascinating Jumble," 5 June 2019 But designing a tiny graphic Torah comes with so many questions. Marcy Oster, sun-sentinel.com, "Organization is working to make a Torah emoji happen," 5 June 2019 Insitu, owned by Boeing, is based in tiny Bingen, Washington. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive.com, "Drone maker Insitu will lay off more than 200," 4 June 2019 The main difference: The entire family — Jessa and Ben, included — is getting accustom to how tiny Ivy is. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "See the First Photos of 'Counting On' Stars Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald's New Baby," 29 May 2019 For the undisputed leader in autonomous technology, Waymo One’s launch is tiny: exclusivity to a few hundred riders, operating in just a handful of suburban towns, trained drivers in the driver seat. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Riding in Waymo One, the Google spinoff’s first self-driving taxi service," 5 Dec. 2018 That in turn suggests that the object also has to be quite tiny. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Big transistor senses the arrival of a single molecule," 29 Oct. 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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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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