bitty

[bit-ee]
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adjective, bit·ti·er, bit·ti·est.
  1. Informal. tiny; itty-bitty: a little bitty town.
  2. Chiefly British. containing or consisting of small bits or pieces; fragmentary.

Origin of bitty

First recorded in 1890–95; bit2 + -y1
Related formsbit·ti·ness, noun
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bitty

adjective -tier or -tiest
  1. lacking unity; disjointed
  2. containing bits, sediment, etc
Derived Formsbittiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bitty
adj.

1892, "made of little scraps," from bit (n.1) + -y (2). As a clipped variant of bitsy, recorded from 1905, American English.

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