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Definitions for petty
ˈpɛt ipet·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. petit larceny, petty larceny, pettyadjective

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

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

    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, trivialadjective

    (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-mindedadjective

    contemptibly narrow in outlook

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

Wiktionary

  1. pettyadjective

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

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

  2. pettyadjective

    insignificant, trifling, or inconsiderable

    a petty fault

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

  3. pettyadjective

    narrow-minded, small-minded

    Etymology: 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.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Petty

    Provincial for an out-house, because its accommodation is restricted to one person; also called a “Privy,” short for private.

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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

Examples of petty in a Sentence

  1. Mark Cancian:

    I would definitely call it petty and irresponsible, but United States is not endangering the security of the United States.

  2. W. Somerset Maugham:

    It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.

  3. Sophie Scholl:

    “I know that life is a doorway to eternity, and yet my heart so often gets lost in petty anxieties. It forgets the great way home that lies before it.”

  4. Theophrastus:

    Petty ambition would seem to be a mean craving after distinction.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    Ignore others’ petty mistakes but never a person’s fool making tactics to the people.

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    the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
    • A. macron
    • B. auspices
    • C. larceny
    • D. hypostatization

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