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[tahy-nee] /ˈtaɪ ni/
adjective, tinier, tiniest.
very small; minute; wee.
Origin of tiny
late Middle English
1590-1600; late Middle English tine very small (< ?) + -y1
Related forms
tinily, adverb
tininess, noun
little, diminutive, teeny. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tininess
Historical Examples
  • She remembered how satisfactory her tininess had always been to him.

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

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • Helpless, he reflected with satisfaction, thinking of her tininess.

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

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

  • She had loved the Square's old-fashioned primness, its tininess, its unchanging atmosphere of rest.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for tininess


adjective tinier, tiniest
very small; minute
Derived Forms
tinily, adverb
tininess, noun
Word Origin
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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