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Meaning of PETTY

Pronunciation:  'petee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  contemptibly narrow in outlook; "petty little comments"; "disgusted with their small-minded pettiness"
  2. [adj]  (informal terms) 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"; "Mickey Mouse regulations"; "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"

PETTY is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, Mickey Mouse, narrow, narrow-minded, niggling, picayune, piddling, piffling, small-minded, trivial, unimportant



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pet"ty\, a. [Compar. {Pettier}; superl. {Pettiest}.] [OE.
petit, F. petit; probably of Celtic origin, and akin to E.
piece. Cf. {Petit}.]
Little; trifling; inconsiderable; also, inferior;
subordinate; as, a petty fault; a petty prince. --Denham.

      Like a petty god I walked about, admired of all.

{Petty averages}. See under {Average}.

{Petty cash}, money expended or received in small items or

{Petty officer}, a subofficer in the navy, as a gunner, etc.,
   corresponding to a noncommissionned officer in the army.

Note: For petty constable, petty jury, petty larceny, petty
      treason, See {Petit}.

Syn: Little; diminutive; inconsiderable; inferior; trifling;
     trivial; unimportant; frivolous.

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