petit larceny, petty larceny, petty(adj)
larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale)
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"
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"
contemptibly narrow in outlook
"petty little comments"; "disgusted with their small-minded pettiness"
(obsolete except in set phrases) little, small, secondary in rank or importance
insignificant, trifling, or inconsiderable
a petty fault
Origin: From petit, English since the late 14th century.
little; trifling; inconsiderable; also, inferior; subordinate; as, a petty fault; a petty prince
Petty is an unincorporated community in Lamar County, Texas, United States. The Chisum Independent School District serves area students.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
Petty (adj) not important or no value.
Petty is a nonsense discussion.Submitted by pinkss5 on October 21, 2015
Etymology and Origins
Provincial for an out-house, because its accommodation is restricted to one person; also called a “Privy,” short for private.
The numerical value of petty in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of petty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of petty in a Sentence
They are petty-minded things.
Petty laws breed great crimes.
We are not going to be part of their petty games.
I was no petty thief, I wanted the world or nothing.
There's nothing petty about the enforcement of the law.
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- malicherný, drobnýCzech
- gering, unbedeutend, kleinGerman
- insignificante, pequeño, mezquinoSpanish
- petit, insignifiantFrench
- ситен, малMacedonian
- błahy, nieistotny, drobnyPolish
- pequeno, fútil, insignificantePortuguese
- мелкий, пустячныйRussian
- liten, obetydlig, småaktigSwedish
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