/ˈɪtsi-ˌbɪtsi/ (say 'itsee-.bitsee)

adjective Colloquial (humorous)
small; insubstantial: *More than 68,000 full-time jobs have been lost since September, and an itsy-bitsy rise in economic growth won't be enough to stem the tide. –aap news, 2001.
Also, itty-bitty.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • itsy-bitsy — charmingly small, 1890, from ITTY (Cf. itty) and/or BITSY (Cf. bitsy). Bitsy itsy is recorded from 1875 …   Etymology dictionary

  • itsy-bitsy — it sy bit sy, itty bitty it ty bit ty, a. very small; tiny. Syn: bitty, bittie, teensy, teentsy, teeny, wee, weeny, weensy, teensy weensy. [WordNet 1.5 + PJC] It was an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini that she wore for the first… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • itsy-bitsy — UK [ˌɪtsɪ ˈbɪtsɪ] / US [ˌɪtsɪˈbɪtsɪ] or itty bitty UK [ˌɪtɪ ˈbɪtɪ] / US adjective informal very small …   English dictionary

  • itsy-bitsy — adjective Very small; minuscule. The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout. Syn: teeny weeny …   Wiktionary

  • itsy-bitsy — (also itty bitty) adjective informal very small. Origin 1930s: from a child s form of little + bitsy (from bit1 + sy) …   English new terms dictionary

  • itsy-bitsy — adjective see itty bitty …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • itsy-bitsy — it|sy bit|sy [ˌıtsi ˈbıtsi] adj also it|ty bit|ty [ˌıti ˈbıti] [only before noun] spoken [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: little bit] very small used humorously …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • itsy bitsy — very small, tiny, diminutive (Slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • itsy-bitsy — also it.ty bit.ty adjective (only before noun) spoken humorous very small …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • itsy-bitsy — it·sy bit·sy …   English syllables

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