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Origin of tiny

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

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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 tiniest



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

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