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

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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 Wood smoke contains some of the same toxic chemicals as urban air pollution, along with tiny particles of vapor and soot 30 times thinner than a human hair. NBC News, "Australian wildfire smoke stokes health fears in cities," 15 Jan. 2020 Next, apply a colored coat, which includes the tiny real stone particles. James Dulley, Dallas News, "Refinish a countertop to look like real granite," 11 Jan. 2020 Detritus doesn’t necessarily have to be toxic to cause problems, as tiny particles can clog the gills of fish and the foraging apparatus of filter feeders such as mussels, sponges, and corals. National Geographic, "Australia's raging fires will create big problems for fresh drinking water," 10 Jan. 2020 Fine particulate matter, an array of tiny particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, and ozone gas form from the smoke rising from these plants. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "We save lives and crops every time a coal plant closes," 8 Jan. 2020 Remnants of the season’s first snow that had fallen the day before could still be seen in tiny patches. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Pheasant paradise in Kansas," 2 Jan. 2020 The existence of another tiny particle, the neutrino, was confirmed in 2018. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Deep Space Decade: How a New Era of Exploration Came of Age in the 2010s," 31 Dec. 2019 While Vavilov is a comparatively tiny patch of ice, it's demonstrated similar processes in action, the researchers say. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "A Russian Ice Cap Is Collapsing--It Could Be a Warning," 23 Dec. 2019 Artificial snow or flocking on trees can release tiny particles, which can irritate the airway. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "If you’re sneezin’ this holiday season, your Christmas tree could be the reason," 10 Dec. 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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Last Updated

19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tiny.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiny. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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How to pronounce tiny (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tiny

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

Kids Definition of tiny

: very small

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