Definitions for picayuneˌpɪk iˈyun, ˌpɪk ə-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pic•a•yuneˌpɪk iˈyun, ˌpɪk ə-(adj.)pic`a•yun′ish.
of little value or account; small; trifling.
petty, carping, or prejudiced.
(n.)(formerly, in Louisiana, Florida, etc.) a coin equal to half a Spanish real.
any small coin, as a five-cent piece.
an insignificant person or thing.
Origin of picayune:
1780–90; < Oc picaioun small copper coin
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"
A small coin of the value of six and a quarter cents; a fippenny bit.
A five-cent piece.
Something of very little value; a trifle: not worth a picayune.
Petty, trivial; of little consequence; small and of little importance; picayunish;
something not worth arguing about.
an argument, fact, corner case, or other issue raised (often intentionally) that distracts from a larger issue at hand or does not change a primary supposition, outcome, postulate, premise, conclusion, hypothesis, judgment or recommendation;
small-minded: being childishly spiteful, tending to go on about unimportant things.
a small coin of the value of six and a quarter cents. See Fippenny bit
A picayune was a Spanish coin, worth half a real. Its name derives from the French picaillon, which is itself from the Provençal picaioun, meaning "small coin". By extension, picayune can mean "trivial" or "of little value". Aside from being used in Spanish territories, the picayune and other Spanish currency was used throughout the colonial U.S.. Spanish dollars were made legal tender in the United States by an act on February 9, 1793 until it was demonetized on February 21, 1857. The coin's name first appeared in Florida and Louisiana where its value was worth approximately six and a quarter cents, and whose name was sometimes used in place of the U.S. nickel. A newspaper published in the New Orleans market, the Times-Picayune, is named after the picayune.
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