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

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?
Recent Examples on the Web The taking of the tiny island of Iwo Jima in February 1945 cost the Marines nearly 7,000 deaths in 36 days, roughly the same as all the Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan during 20 years of fighting. Robert D. Kaplan, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Though a handful of other species have adopted agriculture, their numbers are tiny when stacked up against nature’s predators, grazers and gatherers. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2022 On the first full day of Russia’s wider war on Ukraine on Feb. 24, Russian forces led by Moskva bombarded Snake Island, captured its surviving Ukrainian defenders and set up their own garrison on the tiny, 110-acre island, 80 miles south of Odesa. David Axe, Forbes, 13 May 2022 This tiny island, a 30-minute ferry ride from Hilton Head, offers a small-town atmosphere. Rebecca Deurlein, Travel + Leisure, 13 May 2022 The trees may be tiny, but the artists who tend them take big pride in the results. al, 13 May 2022 The island is tiny, a half acre with a gigantic white pine tree at the center. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 So tiny is the place that its whole is taken up when the family of four lays down to sleep at night. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, 5 May 2022 True to its roots, Alaska still flies to tiny Adak Island (pop. 326), where frequent delays can be attributed to the Aleutian island’s fierce winds and 173 annual days of fog. cleveland, 17 Apr. 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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25 May 2022

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“Tiny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiny. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for tiny


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

Kids Definition of tiny

: very small

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