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paltry

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adjective pal·try \ˈpȯl-trē\

Simple Definition of paltry

  • : very small or too small in amount

  • : having little meaning, importance, or worth

Full Definition of paltry

pal·tri·erpal·tri·est

  1. 1 :  inferior, trashy

  2. 2 :  mean, despicable <a paltry trick>

  3. 3 :  trivial <a paltry excuse>

  4. 4 :  meager, measly <made a paltry donation>

pal·tri·ness noun

Examples of paltry

  1. <a paltry, underhanded scheme to get someone fired>

  2. <the hotel's shabby, outdated exercise room was its paltry attempt at a health spa>



Origin of paltry

obsolete paltry trash, from dialect palt, pelt piece of coarse cloth, trash; akin to Middle Low German palte rag


First Known Use: 1570



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