Simple Definition of petty
: not very important or serious
: relating to things that are not very important or serious
: committing crimes that are not very serious
Examples of petty in a sentence
a petty argument about grammar
My behavior was petty and stupid. I apologize.
Origin of petty
Middle English pety small, minor, alteration of petit
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of Petty
Sir William 1623–1687 Eng. polit. econ.
PETTY Defined for Kids
Definition of petty for Students
1 : small and of no importance <Don't worry about the petty details.>
2 : showing or having a mean narrow-minded attitude
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