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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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Related Words for tininess

narrowness, scantiness, brevity, tininess, shortness, minuteness

Examples from the Web for tininess

Historical Examples of tininess

  • Helpless, he reflected with satisfaction, thinking of her tininess.


    Elizabeth Bibesco

  • She remembered how satisfactory her tininess had always been to him.


    Elizabeth Bibesco

  • This little Claude de Bullion was a very great personage, though the tininess of his stature provoked all kinds of jeers.

  • Its tininess and the pale yellow upper breast shading into white were noticeable field-marks.

    Everyday Adventures

    Samuel Scoville

  • The Elizabethan pipes were so small that now when they are dug up in Ireland the poor call them 'fairy pipes' from their tininess.

British Dictionary definitions for tininess


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 tininess



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

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