Origin of tiny

1590–1600; late Middle English tine very small (< ?) + -y1
Related formsti·ni·ly, adverbti·ni·ness, noun

Synonyms for tiny

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Contemporary Examples of tinier

  • And watch the backs of the heads of the aura vampires in your life getting tinier and tinier as they sashay away.

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  • One of the young women threw on one of the tinier purses to demonstrate that it stays close to the body while dancing.

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Historical Examples of tinier

  • My arm is one of my best points, and the tinier the sleeve the better.

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    Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

  • It would be hard to find a tinier place than that little shop.

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    Mary H. Northend

  • The tinier droplets get more than their share of electrons when this happens and are carried on up to higher clouds.

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    Carleton W. Washburne

  • The Tachina-midge drains her victim by herself; this other, tinier creature feasts in company.

  • The cottage contained a tiny kitchen-living room and a tinier bedroom.

British Dictionary definitions for tinier


adjective tinier or tiniest
  1. very small; minute
Derived Formstinily, adverbtininess, noun

Word Origin for tiny

C16 tine, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for tinier



c.1400, tyne "very small," perhaps from tine.

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