adjective, tee·ni·er, tee·ni·est.

Origin of teeny

1815–25; blend of tiny and wee
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adjective -nier or -niest

informal extremely small; tinyAlso: teeny-weeny (ˈtiːnɪˈwiːnɪ), teensy-weensy (ˈtiːnzɪˈwiːnzɪ)

Word Origin for teeny

C19: variant of tiny
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Word Origin and History for teeny

1825, alteration of tiny. Alternative form teensy is attested from 1899.

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