- very small; minute; wee.
Origin of tiny
1590–1600; late Middle English tine very small (< ?) + -y1
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little, diminutive, teeny.
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Examples from the Web for tininess
Helpless, he reflected with satisfaction, thinking of her tininess.
She remembered how satisfactory her tininess had always been to him.
This little Claude de Bullion was a very great personage, though the tininess of his stature provoked all kinds of jeers.The Spell of the Heart of France
Its tininess and the pale yellow upper breast shading into white were noticeable field-marks.Everyday Adventures
The Elizabethan pipes were so small that now when they are dug up in Ireland the poor call them 'fairy pipes' from their tininess.
- very small; minute
C16 tine, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for tininess
c.1400, tyne "very small," perhaps from tine.
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