Definition of tiny in English:



  • Very small.

    ‘a tiny hummingbird’
    • ‘We can live crowded together in vast cities or as tiny groups in remote deserts.’
    • ‘On one wall there are tiny marks where in the past someone pinned up a picture.’
    • ‘The soft tissues under the skin are full of tiny blood vessels called capillaries.’
    • ‘If they do then it will revolutionise ideas about how much tiny babies can learn.’
    • ‘The few short frames of that tiny figure in an anorak being led by the hand to his death have become iconic.’
    • ‘The end result is that a tiny minority is allowed to lay claim to public opinion.’
    • ‘At the time we were doing this small tour of tiny venues around the UK for hardcore fans.’
    • ‘Saffron is made up of tiny filaments that are the dried pollen stigmas of the saffron flower.’
    • ‘They want to justify creaming off a tiny minority into the top first class institutions.’
    • ‘The railways may be in turmoil, but business is booming for one tiny bus and coach company.’
    • ‘Is this absence of black some kind of sad rebellion being staged within my tiny mind?’
    • ‘In different times, we would have known nothing about the tragedy of these tiny lives.’
    • ‘All along the river bed, women have dug down and spend hours scooping up water from tiny pools.’
    • ‘He's painstakingly twisting tiny hoops of iron wire together to form a shirt of mail.’
    • ‘Pollen is dust gathered by bees from stamens and collected from the hives as tiny pellets.’
    • ‘Why do we spend so much on things that give us tiny increases in comfort at the expense of so many other people?’
    • ‘The couple are planning to deck the hallway ceiling with hundreds of tiny lights.’
    • ‘They are only up to five millimetres long and burrow into the silt in tiny pods.’
    • ‘The instinctive lure of this tiny jewel of land would unerringly bring them back.’
    • ‘This was to be exchanged after six weeks for the coveted, customising tiny diamond.’
    minute, small-scale, scaled-down, mini, baby, toy, pocket, fun-size, petite, dwarfish, knee-high, miniature, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscopic, infinitesimal, micro, diminutive, pocket-sized, reduced, lilliputian
    trivial, trifling, negligible, insignificant, unimportant, minor, of no account, of no consequence, of no importance, not worth bothering about, not worth mentioning, inconsequential, minimal, inappreciable, imperceptible, nugatory, petty
    token, nominal
    paltry, inadequate, insufficient, meagre, derisory, pitiful, pathetic, miserable
    teeny, teeny-weeny, teensy, teensy-weensy, weeny, itsy-bitsy, itty-bitty, eensy, eensy-weensy, tiddly, pint-sized, bite-sized, piddling, piffling, measly, mingy, poxy
    little-bitty, nickel-and-dime
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  • A very young child.

    ‘books that will make tinies and parents laugh out loud’
    • ‘Even the tinies of them looked every centimetre a ‘cricketer’ with all the trappings befitting a test player.’
    • ‘It's just as well that there won't be a new Harry Potter film for the tinies this Christmas.’
    • ‘If tinies, I am a bully, if grown-ups a statistic.’
    • ‘In his flat-cum-studio, appropriately enough in Tooting, and over a lot of caffeine, which you shouldn't really give to kids because it makes them mentalists, I delve deeper into the murky world of tinies ' music.’
    • ‘In the Troupe of the Year awards, which were given out at the same event, the babies came third, the dinkies came fifth, the tinies finished fourth and the juniors came fifth.’
    • ‘The national school children gave a recital on thin whistle and the pre-school tinies paraded with the flags of the nations.’
    • ‘We know perfectly well that TV for tinies can't possibly be educational because study after study shows that the more TV a pre-schooler watches, the less language skills they have.’
    • ‘The huge, and free, Penguin Village welcomes tinies aged 3-12 into a world of bouncy castles, football, climbing frames, basketball and theatre.’
    • ‘Before the afternoon was out, a class of tinies had a new and uproarious catchphrase.’
    • ‘Chav parents get the child benefits and the free accommodation without even having to pretend to raise their offspring, the State and the social-workers get lots of tinies to try out their theories on.’
    • ‘These scenes are dizzyingly well done and the film maintains a real feeling of perspective in its sunny, alternative version of New York, which conceals menace for tinies in the world's tallest city.’
    • ‘The problem is that most people had my experience as a child and thus lack the treatment of the day as a festival for the tinies.’
    • ‘This has nothing to do with biblical tales for tinies, but is the name of a weekly street party that can be heard by ships far out to sea.’
    • ‘We now appreciate that he prefers forward-looking 21 st-century celebrations in a brand new dome filled with grateful tinies, to weepy, regressive events featuring Churchilliana and old women.’
    youngster, young one, little one, boy, girl
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Late 16th century: extension of obsolete tine, ‘small, diminutive’, of unknown origin.