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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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  • The child's hair was more like shining copper every day, his small nose had the tiniest curve.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • She was smiling, and gave the tiniest shrug of her shoulders.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • The men in a balloon of this sort must know the territory very intimately, so that they can spot the tiniest change.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • In the tiniest, noisiest noon his spirit is flooded with the stars.

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee
  • Nature is a miniature painter and handles a delicate brush, the tip of which touches the tiniest spot and leaves something living.

    Field and Hedgerow Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for tiniest


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 tiniest



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

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