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[tee-nee] /ˈti ni/
adjective, teenier, teeniest.
Origin of teeny
1815-25; blend of tiny and wee Unabridged
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  • Not the least teeny tiny bit, though you limped about on crutches for the rest of your young lives!

  • I wonder what he would do if I gave him just a teeny, weeny touch with the whip!

  • That was teeny Weeny, the first Shrew, and the smallest of all animals.

    Mother West Wind "When" Stories Thornton W. Burgess
  • He recommended a "teeny" glass of Benedictine, a bottle of which was kept ready.

  • "And just a teeny bit of cake," begged Victoria, daintily breaking off a piece, while the baby gurgled and snatched for it.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for teeny


adjective -nier, -niest
(informal) extremely small; tiny Also teeny-weeny (ˈtiːnɪˈwiːnɪ), teensy-weensy (ˈtiːnzɪˈwiːnzɪ)
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Tee Dee

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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