adjective Informal.

very small; tiny.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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itty-bitty (ˈɪtɪˈbɪtɪ)


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

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

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