Picayune meaning

pĭkə-yo͝on
Petty; small-minded.
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Something not worth arguing about.
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Of little value or importance; paltry.
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The definition of picayune is trivial or unimportant.

A young child having a tantrum about a friend taking her red crayon when another red crayon is within reach is an example of a picayune complaint.

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A Spanish-American half-real piece formerly used in parts of the southern United States.
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A five-cent piece.
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Something of very little value; a trifle.

Not worth a picayune.

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A coin of small value, as a former Spanish half-real of Louisiana.
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Anything trivial.
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Trivial or petty; small or small-minded.
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An argument, fact, corner case, or other issue raised (often intentionally) that distracts from a larger issue at hand or does not change a primary supposition, outcome, postulate, premise, conclusion, hypothesis, judgment or recommendation;
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Small-minded: being childishly spiteful, tending to go on about unimportant things.
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(US, archaic) A small coin of the value of six and a quarter cents; a fippenny bit.
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A five-cent piece.
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Something of very little value; a trifle: not worth a picayune.
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Petty, trivial; of little consequence; small and of little importance; picayunish;
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Origin of picayune

  • Louisiana French picaillon small coin from French from Provençal picaioun from picaio money perhaps from Old Provençal piquar to jingle, clink from Vulgar Latin piccāre to pierce pique

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