Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Extremely small; minute. See Synonyms at small.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. very small

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Very small; little; puny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Very diminutive; minute; wee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. very small

Etymologies

Alteration of Middle English tine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English tine, tyneĀ ("very small") + -y. Perhaps from tine. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer seems to think Americans don't care about what he called tiny, porky amendments.

    CNN Transcript Feb 12, 2009

  • He says Americans don't care about what he calls tiny porky amendments.

    CNN Transcript Feb 11, 2009

  • He found in milk, cheese, vinegar, decayed vegetables, and in the blood and secretions of cases of plague bodies, which he described as tiny worms and which he thought were due to putrefaction.

    Disease and Its Causes

  • Her recommendation: Agnolotti delplin con polline di finocchio, which she describes as tiny pasta pillows stuffed with veal with fennel pollen and crispy veal breast. reprints & permissions, visit our FAQ's.

    USATODAY.com News

  • Given the building's history, the Occupy protesters said they planned to use it to stage a symbolic "trial of the 1%", a figure the group uses to represent what it describes as a tiny and over-powerful economic elite.

    The Guardian World News

  • In a three-hour grilling Tuesday, 80-year-old Murdoch insisted he was at fault only for trusting the wrong people at the News of the World, which he described as a tiny portion of his vast media empire.

  • News of the World, which he described as a tiny portion of his vast media empire.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Though apologetic during a three-hour appearance on Tuesday, Murdoch insisted he was at fault only for trusting the wrong people at the News of the World, which he described as a tiny portion of his vast media empire.

  • REYNOLDS: But Toyota pointed out today that these new complaints involve what it called a tiny fraction of the more than one million recalled vehicles its dealers have repaired so far.

    D Mag - News

  • When you consider that the former Soviet Union had the capacity to destroy the world and Iran does not, "tiny" is an apt description.

    McCain seizes on Obama's 'tiny' comment

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  • Is anybody aware of "tiny" meaning something in gang slang? I was looking at that bizarre list from the FBI of all the known gangs active in the United States, and I kept seeing things like "Tiny Papi Squad" and "Tiny Rascal Gangsters" (and others I didn't write down because they weren't so bizarre)--often enough that it seems like it must mean something.

    October 2, 2012