What does paltry mean?

Definitions for paltry
ˈpɔl tripal·try

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word paltry.

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"

Wiktionary

  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Paltry

    pawl′tri, adj. mean: vile: worthless.—adv. Pal′trily.—n. Pal′triness. [Teut.; Dan. pialter, rags, Low Ger. paltrig, ragged.]

Anagrams for paltry »

  1. partly

  2. raptly

How to pronounce paltry?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paltry in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paltry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of paltry in a Sentence

  1. William Butler Yeats:

    An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick.

  2. Demosthenes:

    You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry for whatever a man's actions are, such must be his spirit.

  3. Walter Scott:

    One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation.

  4. Arthur Schopenhauer:

    How very paltry and limited the normal human intellect is, and how little lucidity there is in the human consciousness, may be judged from the fact that, despite the ephemeral brevity of human life, the uncertainty of our existence and the countless enigmas which press upon us from all sides, everyone does not continually and ceaselessly philosophize, but that only the rarest of exceptions do.

  5. André Breton:

    To speak of God, to think of God, is in every respect to show what one is made of. I have always wagered against God and I regard the little that I have won in this world as simply the outcome of this bet. However paltry may have been the stake (my life) I am conscious of having won to the full. Everything that is doddering, squint-eyed, vile, polluted and grotesque is summoned up for me in that one word: God!

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Translations for paltry

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  • ισχνόςGreek
  • چرت و پرتPersian
  • mitätön, surkeaFinnish
  • dérisoire, misérableFrench
  • modesto, insignificante, miserabile, ridicolo, insufficiente, irrisorioItalian
  • わずかなJapanese
  • armzalig, meelijwekkend, beklagenswaardig, pietluttig, waardeloos, triviaalDutch
  • insignificante, pobrePortuguese
  • незначительный, пустяковый, жалкийRussian
  • ynklig, futtigSwedish
  • değersizTurkish

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