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picayune

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noun pic·a·yune \ˌpi-kē-ˈyün\

Definition of picayune

  1. 1 a :  a Spanish half real piece formerly current in the South b :  half dime

  2. 2 :  something trivial



Examples of picayune

  1. <our lives don't amount to a picayune in the great scheme of things>



Origin of picayune

Occitan picaioun, a small coin, from picaio money, from pica to jingle, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 1804


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picayune

adjective pic·a·yune

Simple Definition of picayune

  • : not very valuable or important

Full Definition of picayune

  1. :  of little value :  paltry; also :  petty, small-minded

pic·a·yun·ish play \-ˈyü-nish\ adjective

Examples of picayune

  1. They argued over the most picayune details.

  2. <the picayune ponderings of a commentator who steadfastly believes other cultures are inferior to our own>



1836

First Known Use of picayune

1836



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