Definitions for paltryˈpɔl tri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pal•try*ˈpɔl tri(adj.)-tri•er, -tri•est.

  1. ridiculously or insultingly small:

    a paltry sum.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. utterly worthless:

    paltry clothes.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. mean or contemptible:

    a paltry coward.

* Syn: See petty.

Origin of paltry:

1560–70; < LG paltrig ragged =*palter rag (cf. dial. G Palter) +-ig -y1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. negligible, paltry, trifling(adj)

    not worth considering

    "he considered the prize too paltry for the lives it must cost"; "piffling efforts"; "a trifling matter"

  2. measly, miserable, paltry(adj)

    contemptibly small in amount

    "a measly tip"; "the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief"; "a paltry wage"; "almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans"


  1. paltry(Adjective)

    trashy, trivial, of little value

  2. paltry(Adjective)

    meager; worthless; pitiful; trifling

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paltry

    mean; vile; worthless; despicable; contemptible; pitiful; trifling; as, a paltry excuse; paltry gold

Anagrams of paltry

  1. partly

  2. raptly


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