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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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  • Now it occurred to me that perhaps the sailors, too, might be afraid of tiny.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • A tiny bear is only a tiny bear; still, he has a right to keep his own things.

  • "You must not do that," he said quickly, as he clasped his hand over the tiny flame.

  • There was little to find fault with in the tiny sitting-room after candles were lighted.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • They leaped about here and there, and some seemed like tiny flames.

    Two Boy Gold Miners Frank V. Webster
British Dictionary definitions for tiny


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 tiny

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

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