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 And at this point, asking for even a tiny bit more prudence and patience is simply screaming into the void. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Visiting Giants' spring training might sound fun, but COVID progress could suffer," 11 Feb. 2021 The 40 million doses — for a vaccine requiring two doses — are a tiny sliver of what's needed for COVAX, which aims to vaccinate billions of people in 92 low- and middle-income countries. Linda A. Johnson, ajc, "Pfizer to supply 40M COVID-19 shots for poor countries," 22 Jan. 2021 Then, before adding the top pieces of puff, brush this border with a tiny bit of water. chicagotribune.com, "The Kitchn: Bacon, egg and cheese hand pies are even better than the classic sandwich," 29 Dec. 2020 Still, away from the corporate mainstream, artists continued to offer alternatives: games that were bold and nourishing, and that made a tough year just a tiny bit brighter. Simon Parkin, The New Yorker, "The Best Video Games of 2020," 18 Dec. 2020 The coronavirus has dominated season 17, and viewers have experienced a tiny sliver of what actual medical professionals are going through during an unprecedented time when the world feels like it’s falling apart. Lincee Ray, EW.com, "Grey's Anatomy recap: COVID gets personal," 11 Dec. 2020 Enter: this incredibly cozy, light blue Free People beanie that makes dressing for subzero temperatures just a tiny bit more bearable. Grace Stearns, Vogue, "9 Holiday Gifts I Ordered for Myself (Because Some Things Just Can’t be Left to Chance)," 10 Dec. 2020 The world's highest peak just got a tiny bit taller. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "1 in 22 Americans have tested positive for COVID-19," 8 Dec. 2020 The country only has enough doses now for 400,000 people, a tiny sliver of its population of 67 million. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "As U.K. Begins Vaccinations, a Glimpse of Life After Covid," 8 Dec. 2020

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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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18 Feb 2021

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“Tiny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiny. Accessed 27 Feb. 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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