itty-bitty

[it-ee-bit-ee]

adjective Informal.

very small; tiny.

Nearby words

  1. its,
  2. itself,
  3. itsukushima,
  4. itsy-bitsy,
  5. itty,
  6. itu,
  7. itunes,
  8. iturbi,
  9. iturbi, josé,
  10. itv

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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British Dictionary definitions for itsy-bitsy

itsy-bitsy

itty-bitty (ˈɪtɪˈbɪtɪ)

adjective

informal very small; tiny

Word Origin for itsy-bitsy

C20: baby talk alteration of little bit

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Word Origin and History for itsy-bitsy

itsy-bitsy

adj.

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

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