Definition of Petty in English :

Define Petty in English

Petty meaning in English

Meaning of Petty in English

Pronunciation of Petty in English

Petty pronunciation in English

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1. petit larceny, petty, petty larceny

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


2. junior-grade, lower-ranking, lowly, petty, secondary, subaltern

inferior in rank or status

Example Sentences:
'the junior faculty'
'a lowly corporal'
'petty officialdom'
'a subordinate functionary'

3. fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, petty, picayune, piddling, piffling, trivial

(informal) small and of little importance

Example Sentences:
'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-minded

contemptibly narrow in outlook

Example Sentences:
'petty little comments'
'disgusted with their small-minded pettiness'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of petty
adjective -tier or -tiest
trivial; trifling; inessential
petty details
of a narrow-minded, mean, or small-natured disposition or character
petty spite
minor or subordinate in rank
petty officialdom
4. law
of lesser importance

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see synonyms of petty
adjectiveWord forms: ˈpettier or ˈpettiest
relatively worthless or unimportant; trivial; insignificant
small-scale; minor
having or showing a tendency to make much of small matters
small-minded; mean, narrow, ungenerous, etc.
relatively low in rank; subordinate

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of petty
adj. pet·ti·er, pet·ti·est
1. Of small importance; trivial: a petty grievance. See Synonyms at trivial.
2. Showing an excessive concern with unimportant matters or minor details, especially in a narrow-minded way: petty partisanship.
a. Of lesser importance or rank; subordinate: a petty prince.
b. Law Variant of petit.

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