Definition of tiny in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtīnē/

adjective (tinier, tiniest)

Very small: a tiny hummingbird
More example sentences
  • The end result is that a tiny minority is allowed to lay claim to public opinion.
  • Is this absence of black some kind of sad rebellion being staged within my tiny mind?
  • They want to justify creaming off a tiny minority into the top first class institutions.
minute, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscale, infinitesimal, very small, little, mini, diminutive, miniature, scaled down, baby, toy, dwarf, pygmy, peewee, Lilliputian
informal teeny, teeny-weeny, teensy, teensy-weensy, itty-bitty, itsy-bitsy, eensy, eensy-weensy, little-bitty
bite-sized, pint-sized;
chiefly Scottish  wee



Pronunciation: /-nəlē/
Example sentences
  • His summers here were spent in continual battle with loosening shingles, hidden leaks, rotting wood, and creeping damp; as the house struggled purposefully to return to the earth, he struggled tinily to prevent it.
  • Even then, Athena just smiled tinily at him, then went back to her business.
  • While making strange contrasts, everything is entangled tinily, and grandiosly, like in the childhood memories when reality seems to be glittering full if vivid colours.


Example sentences
  • We'd all sat down at the enormous round table by the time she arrived, eleven of us, chattering away, and she arrived, this tiny white-haired lady, and nestled into a space next my brother, exaggerating her tininess.
  • Twenty-five years later, both these men were at this dinner party, which gives you an idea of the tininess of this world.
  • A certain homespun, unassuming, untidy tininess had become a virtue in itself.


Late 16th century: extension of obsolete tine 'small, diminutive', of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with tiny

briny, Heine, liny, piny, shiny, spiny, whiny

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Syllabification: ti·ny

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