One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Very small; tiny.
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- ‘The woman with the itsy-bitsy tummy growing an itsy-bitsy little baby.’
- ‘They're scrunched into nine pages, which means lots of itty-bitty type and eyeball fatigue.’
- ‘You'll be surprised how far that one itsy-bitsy syllable can go.’
- ‘Other containers house giant cockroaches and itty-bitty arachnid hatchlings, a few months old and smaller than a pinky nail.’
- ‘Still, even though their itty-bitty brains have doubts, they don't really want to know the truth.’
- ‘How does Santa's huge body fit through those itsy-bitsy chimneys?’
- ‘Jim Bakker walks in with his little itty-bitty shorts.’
- ‘There is one minor, tiny, itsy-bitsy little thing that I didn't like.’
- ‘I was afraid I might crush her itty-bitty body just by standing near her, through sheer gravitational force alone.’
- ‘With Claire standing, facing her mom, and me sitting, and in an itty-bitty, teeny-weeny kids-size chair, my arm started to get all strained.’
- ‘In my infinite naivety and itsy-bitsy experience, I like squirrels.’
- ‘An itty-bitty Howard and Blair and a supposedly statesman-like Kennedy looking like he's carved into Mount Rushmore.’
- ‘Do you like sexy, itty-bitty, see-through and see-all silky lingerie?’
- ‘The youngest is too small to do flips, but she's constantly entertaining us with her itty-bitty helium voice and 40-yr old attitude.’
- ‘Speaker size is a big factor in sound quality, and LCDs dwarf the itty-bitty speakers in laptops.’
- ‘This itsy-bitsy cutie is among the tiniest of tomatoes.’
- ‘Jessica was young, but she still remembers seeing his itty-bitty hands and his itty-bitty feet and feeling a sense of awe.’
- ‘Miller, too, was in that issue - with another itty-bitty alleged malfeasance.’
- ‘Next to this small area was an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny bathroom.’
- ‘I mean, here was this guy who wanted to run this great big river in these itty-bitty boats that broke every time they hit a rock.’
1930s: from a child's form of little + bitsy (from bit + -sy).
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