[ tahy-nee ]
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adjective,ti·ni·er, ti·ni·est.
  1. very small; minute; wee.

Origin of tiny

First recorded in 1590–1600; late Middle English tine “very small” + -y1; further origin uncertain

Other words for tiny

Other words from tiny

  • ti·ni·ly, adverb
  • ti·ni·ness, noun

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How to use tiny in a sentence

  • His little brother Etienne, the tiniest mite in the regiment, looks pensive.

  • They were like the tiniest grains of dust, and they whirled round and gathered in clusters in a nebulous sort of way.

    Dracula | Bram Stoker
  • Not the tiniest picture was on the wall and not a single small rug lay on the uneven boards.

    Maezli | Johanna Spyri
  • Nothing is missing, not even the tiniest picture or trifle, and he had to come back to a terrible waste!

    Maezli | Johanna Spyri
  • For long after his disappearance the mother otter anxiously studied the horizon for the tiniest danger-signal.

    Wild Folk | Samuel Scoville

British Dictionary definitions for tiny


/ (ˈtaɪnɪ) /

adjectivetinier or tiniest
  1. very small; minute

Origin of tiny

C16 tine, of uncertain origin

Derived forms of tiny

  • tinily, adverb
  • tininess, noun

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