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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, lilliputianView synonyms
- ‘They might look weeny, but these dolls are huge business.’
- ‘Ali, who was two at the time, loved the story about the little girl who lived in a teeny, weeny house and played with itty, bitty toys.’
- ‘I think you might have misinterpreted the point of that column just a teeny, weeny bit.’
- ‘Thee is also talk of me getting a tiny weeny percentage of any sales.’
- ‘Needless to say, he was slightly put out at that; his ego deflated just a teeny, weeny bit.’
- ‘These are all very exaggerated caricatures of bison with teeny, weeny heads, huge humps, they don't look like real bison.’
- ‘It transpired that I am allergic to dust (quite badly), dogs and rabbits (a tiny weeny bit).’
- ‘Sexy does not have to mean stockings and suspenders or some feeble excuse for a top, with a teeny, weeny micro skirt.’
- ‘I just got a tiny weeny bit freaked out about it.’
- ‘This store was selling little weeny teeny digital cameras, about the size of a matchbox.’
- ‘Oooh, look, they have weeny, tiny packs of cigarettes!’
Late 18th century: from wee, on the pattern of tiny; compare with teeny.
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