adjective \ˈpl-trē\

: very small or too small in amount

: having little meaning, importance, or worth


Full Definition of PALTRY

:  mean, despicable <a paltry trick>
:  trivial <a paltry excuse>
:  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the hotel's shabby, outdated exercise room was its paltry attempt at a health spa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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