adjective \ˈpe-tē\

: not very important or serious

: relating to things that are not very important or serious

: committing crimes that are not very serious


Full Definition of PETTY

:  having secondary rank or importance :  minor, subordinate
:  having little or no importance or significance
:  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


biographical name \ˈpe-tē\

Definition of PETTY

Sir William 1623–1687 Eng. polit. econ.


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