Definitions for Pettyˈpɛt i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pet•ty*ˈpɛt i(adj.)-ti•er, -ti•est.

  1. of little or no importance; inconsequential:

    petty grievances.

  2. of lesser importance or merit; minor:

    petty considerations.

  3. having or showing narrow ideas, interests, etc.:

    petty minds.

  4. ungenerous in trifling matters:

    a petty person.

  5. showing meanness of spirit:

    a petty revenge.

* Syn: petty , paltry , trivial , trifling apply to something that is so insignificant as to be almost unworthy of notice. petty implies lack of significance or worth: petty quarrels.paltry applies to something that is contemptibly small or worthless: I was paid a paltry sum.trivial applies to something that is slight or insignificant, often being in contrast to something that is important: a trivial task.trifling is often interchangeable with trivial ; however, trifling implies an even lesser, almost negligible, importance or worth: to ignore a trifling error.

Origin of petty:

1325–75; ME peti(t) small, minor < OF petit < Gallo-Romance *pittīttus


Princeton's WordNet

  1. petit larceny, petty larceny, petty(adj)

    larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale)

  2. junior-grade, lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a), secondary, subaltern(adj)

    inferior in rank or status

    "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"

  3. fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial(adj)

    (informal) small and of little importance

    "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"

  4. petty, small-minded(adj)

    contemptibly narrow in outlook

    "petty little comments"; "disgusted with their small-minded pettiness"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. petty(adjective)ˈpɛt i

    not important

    a petty argument

  2. pettyˈpɛt i

    caring too much about sth that is not important

    her petty complaints


  1. petty(Adjective)

    (obsolete except in set phrases) little, small, secondary in rank or importance

  2. petty(Adjective)

    insignificant, trifling, or inconsiderable

    a petty fault

  3. petty(Adjective)

    narrow-minded, small-minded

  4. Origin: From petit, English since the late 14th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Petty

    little; trifling; inconsiderable; also, inferior; subordinate; as, a petty fault; a petty prince


  1. Petty

    Petty is an unincorporated community in Lamar County, Texas, United States. The Chisum Independent School District serves area students.

Translations for Petty

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of very little importance; trivial

petty details.

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