(comparative more pettily, superlative most pettily)
- In a petty manner.
Variant of petty
- 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
Origin of pettyMiddle English pety ; from Old French petit ; from an unverified form pit-, little ; from baby talk