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petty

adjective pet·ty \ˈpe-tē\

: not very important or serious

: relating to things that are not very important or serious

: committing crimes that are not very serious

pet·ti·erpet·ti·est

Full Definition of PETTY

1
:  having secondary rank or importance :  minor, subordinate
2
:  having little or no importance or significance
3
:  marked by or reflective of narrow interests and sympathies :  small-minded
pet·ti·ly \ˈpe-tə-lē\ adverb
pet·ti·ness \ˈpe-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of PETTY

  1. a petty argument about grammar
  2. My behavior was petty and stupid. I apologize.

Origin of PETTY

Middle English pety small, minor, alteration of petit
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with PETTY

Petty

biographical name Pet·ty \ˈpe-tē\

Definition of PETTY

Sir William 1623–1687 Eng. polit. econ.
PETTIER Defined for Kids

petty

adjective pet·ty \ˈpe-tē\
pet·ti·erpet·ti·est

Definition of PETTY for Kids

1
:  small and of no importance <Don't worry about the petty details.>
2
:  showing or having a mean narrow-minded attitude
pet·ti·ness \ˈpe-tē-nəs\ noun

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