Petty is defined as something relatively worthless or unimportant.adjective
An example of petty is cash kept on hand for very small purchases.
The definition of petty is someone who gets caught up in small details.adjective
An example of petty is a person who gets very angry when someone accidentally steps on their foot.
Petty means a lower-ranking member of the military.adjective
An example of petty is a private to a lieutenant.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: ME pety < OFr petit < *pit-, little < baby talk
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adjective pet·ti·er, pet·ti·est
- Of small importance; trivial: a petty grievance.
- Marked by narrowness of mind, ideas, or views.
- Marked by meanness or lack of generosity, especially in trifling matters.
- Secondary in importance or rank; subordinate. See Synonyms at trivial.
- Law Variant of petit.
Origin: Middle English peti, from Old French, variant of petit; see petit.
- petˈti·ly adverb
- petˈti·ness noun