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[tahy-nee] /ˈtaɪ ni/
adjective, tinier, tiniest.
very small; minute; wee.
Origin of tiny
late Middle English
1590-1600; late Middle English tine very small (< ?) + -y1
Related forms
tinily, adverb
tininess, noun
little, diminutive, teeny. Unabridged
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  • My arm is one of my best points, and the tinier the sleeve the better.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • It would be hard to find a tinier place than that little shop.

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

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

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  • But the little child I saw on the afternoon of Monday, the 17th, at Reading, was tinier than any one of them.

  • She had the tiniest waist I ever saw—indeed, no woman could have lived with a tinier one.

    An Autobiography Elizabeth Butler
  • It is the next to the smallest of our five wrens—only the rare short-billed marsh wren is tinier.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
British Dictionary definitions for tinier


adjective tinier, tiniest
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



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

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