An example of a petty cash box.
- Petty is defined as something relatively worthless or unimportant.
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.
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.
An example of petty is a private to a lieutenant.
- 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
- Of small importance; trivial: a petty grievance. See Synonyms at trivial.
- 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
Origin of pettyMiddle English peti from Old French variant of petit ; see petit .
(comparative pettier or more petty, superlative pettiest or most petty)
From Middle French petit, English since the late 14th century. The disparaging meaning develops during the 16th century.