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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"

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  1. Petty

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Petty

    pet′i, adj. small: of less importance: lower in rank, power, &c.: inconsiderable, insignificant: contemptible.—adv. Pett′ily.—n. Pett′iness.—Petty cash, small sums of money received or paid; Petty larceny (see Larceny); Petty officer, a naval officer with rank corresponding to a non-commissioned officer in the army. [O. Fr. petit.]

Editors Contribution

  1. petty

    Petty (adj) not important or no value.

    Petty is a nonsense discussion.

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Petty in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Petty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Henry David Thoreau, Walden:

    Petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of reality.

  2. Aesop:

    We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

  3. William Feather:

    The petty economies of the rich are just as amazing as the silly extravagances of the poor.

  4. The Likud party:

    Regrettably, the media campaign in the past few weeks over this report is a clear attempt to topple the prime minister and the Likud government by trifling with petty issues and distracting voters.

  5. Henry David Thoreau:

    Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought. Every man is the lord of a realm beside which the earthly empire of the Czar is but a petty state, a hummock left by the ice.

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