Petty meaning

pĕtē
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.

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Of small importance; trivial.

A petty grievance.

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Petty is defined as something relatively worthless or unimportant.

An example of petty is cash kept on hand for very small purchases.

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A petty fault.

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Petty means a lower-ranking member of the military.

An example of petty is a private to a lieutenant.

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Relatively low in rank; subordinate.
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Relatively worthless or unimportant; trivial; insignificant.
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Narrow-minded or ungenerous, especially in trifling matters.

Petty partisanship.

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Small-scale; minor.
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Origin of petty

  • Middle English peti from Old French variant of petit petit

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French petit, English since the late 14th century. The disparaging meaning develops during the 16th century.

    From Wiktionary