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tiny

[tahy-nee] /ˈtaɪ ni/
adjective, tinier, tiniest.
1.
very small; minute; wee.
Origin of tiny
late Middle English
1590-1600
1590-1600; late Middle English tine very small (< ?) + -y1
Related forms
tinily, adverb
tininess, noun
Synonyms
little, diminutive, teeny.
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  • Next morning when we assembled in the breakfast-room, our little heroine looked fresher, prettier, and tinier than the day before.

    Kitty's Conquest Charles King
  • The tinier droplets get more than their share of electrons when this happens and are carried on up to higher clouds.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • For it is the first summons to vespers, soon followed by the tinier tinkle of the angelus.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • The Tachina-midge drains her victim by herself; this other, tinier creature feasts in company.

  • A tiny crocodile, only a few inches long, darted from beneath the leaf of a water-lily, in pursuit of a tinier fish.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • The cottage contained a tiny kitchen-living room and a tinier bedroom.

    The Flaming Sword in Serbia and Elsewhere Mabel Annie Boulton Stobart
  • Why, even inside those wee round rolling balls there are tinier balls rolling and moving round, and these are quite alive, too.

    Pond and Stream Arthur Ransome
  • The radiation that damaged genes and chromosomes and tinier divisions also struck nerve cells.

    The Impossible Voyage Home Floyd L. Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for tinier

tiny

/ˈtaɪnɪ/
adjective tinier, tiniest
1.
very small; minute
Derived Forms
tinily, adverb
tininess, noun
Word Origin
C16 tine, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for tinier

tiny

adj.

c.1400, tyne "very small," perhaps from tine.

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