Exiguous vs Tiny - What's the difference?

exiguous | tiny |

As adjectives the difference between exiguous and tiny

is that exiguous is scanty; meager while tiny is very small.

As a noun tiny is

a small child; an infant.




(en adjective)
  • scanty; meager
  • * 1889 — ch XIII
  • The herdboy in the broom, already musical in the days of Father Chaucer, startles (and perhaps pains) the lark with this exiguous pipe.
  • * 1912 — ch VII
  • The path on which I then planted my feet was quite unprecedentedly narrow. I had never had to walk along a thoroughfare so exiguous .
  • * 1998 — Michael Ignatieff, Rebirth of a Nation: An Anatomy of Russia . New Statesman, Feb 6.
  • They are entering the market, setting up stalls on snowy streets, moonlighting to supplement exiguous incomes.
  • * 2001 — Terence Brown, The Life of W. B. Yeats: A Critical Biography .
  • Among the pressures provoking these distresses were a father's financial inadequacy and a growing awareness that, by finding employment himself, he could ameliorate the family's exiguous circumstances.
  • * 2012 — Rodger Cohen, Scottexalonia Rising, New York Times, Nov. 26., Op. Ed.
  • National politics, as President François Hollande of France is only the latest to discover, is often no more than tweaking at the margins in the exiguous political space left by markets and other global forces.

    Derived terms

    * exiguity * exiguously * exiguousness




  • Very small.
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Catherine Clabby
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= Focus on Everything , passage=Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny' creatures with every part in focus. That’s because the lenses that are excellent at magnifying ' tiny subjects produce a narrow depth of field. A photo processing technique called focus stacking has changed that.}}


    * See also


    * huge, large, big

    Derived terms

    * tinyness


  • A small child; an infant.
  • *1924 , (Ford Madox Ford), Some Do Not…'', Penguin 2012 (''Parade's End ), p. 28:
  • *:‘You know I loved your husband like a brother, and you know I've loved you and Sylvia ever since she was a tiny .’
  • * 1982 , Young children in China (page 84)
  • The lessons we saw have been well suited to the age of the children as regards music, singing and moving (and stories about animals for the tinies and more abstract themes for the older children).
  • Anything very small.
  • * 1956 , Victoria Sackville-West, Even More For Your Garden (page 102)
  • Might I now add a plea for the smaller irises, the tinies ? They, also, should be divided up and replanted just now.