tiny

adjective
ti·ny | \ˈtī-nē \
tinier; tiniest

Definition of tiny 

: very small or diminutive : minute

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Other Words from tiny

tinily \ˈtī-nə-lē \ adverb
tininess \ˈtī-nē-nəs \ 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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Several groups of dissident Irish nationalists remain active and carry out occasional attacks, but their capacity is tiny compared with the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which decommissioned its weapons after the 1998 deal. NBC News, "Explosive thrown at house of former Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams," 14 July 2018 But only a tiny fraction of those can be found in the U.S. as the spat between the world’s two biggest economies heats up. Charlie Cambell/beijing, Time, "Lei Jun Wants to Be China’s Answer to Steve Jobs. But Trump’s Trade War Is Getting In His Way," 12 July 2018 Even as fast casual continues to grow in popularity, the number of outlets still account for a tiny fraction of the overall industry — about 4 percent. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fast casual chains — think Panera, Chipotle — show no signs of fading," 4 July 2018 But the process, which uses a series of toxic organic reagents, is typically slow and error-prone, limiting oligos to about 200 letters—a tiny fraction of the thousands of letters that make up most genes. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "New technique could help scientists create a gene in just 1 day," 18 June 2018 The reporting also showed that the state inspects just a tiny fraction of the thousands of voucher schools each year. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Scholarship programs at private schools need change, lawmakers say," 8 June 2018 Yet, one tiny, little ideal has quickly connected these two cultural juggernauts. refinery29.com, "What The Handmaid's Tale Could Learn From Meghan Markle's Wedding Vows," 6 June 2018 Translation: Ticks are tiny creatures sans backbones that latch onto your body and slurp up your blood like gross, miniscule, multi-legged vampires. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 In other Jenner and Scott news, Kylie also shared an adorable video of her showering Stormi -- decked out in with tiny studs in her pierced ears -- with kisses on Wednesday (July 11) night. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Travis Scott Tweets He Could Not Be 'More Proud' of Kylie's 'Forbes' Cover," 12 July 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 \
tinier; tiniest

Kids Definition of tiny

: very small

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