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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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  • 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


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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