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itty-bitty

[it-ee-bit-ee]
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adjective Informal.
  1. very small; tiny.
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Also it·sy-bit·sy [it-see-bit-see] /ˈɪt siˈbɪt si/.

Origin of itty-bitty

1890–95; rhyming compound based on little bit; cf. -sy, -y1
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Related Words

small, mini, insignificant, slight, teeny, miniature, microscopic, minuscule, puny, little, toy, wee, petite, diminutive, pocket, midget, baby, model, mite, Lilliputian

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British Dictionary definitions for itsy-bitsy

itsy-bitsy

itty-bitty (ˈɪtɪˈbɪtɪ)

adjective
  1. informal very small; tiny
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Word Origin

C20: baby talk alteration of little bit
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Word Origin and History for itsy-bitsy

adj.

"charmingly small," 1890, from itty and/or bitsy. Bitsy-itsy is recorded from 1875.

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