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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tiny in Technology

1. A language which provides concurrency through message-passing to named message queues.
2. A tool written by Michael Wolfe at Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology for examining array data dependence algorithms and program transformations for scientific computations.
Extended Tiny was used to implement the Omega test. Michael Wolfe has also made extensions to his version of tiny.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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