penny-ante

adjective
pen·​ny-an·​te | \ ˈpe-nē-ˈan-tē How to pronounce penny-ante (audio) \

Definition of penny-ante

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penny ante

noun

Definition of penny ante (Entry 2 of 2)

: poker played for very low stakes

First Known Use of penny-ante

Adjective

1865, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Penny-ante.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penny-ante. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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penny-ante

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English Language Learners Definition of penny-ante

US, informal + disapproving : not important, valuable, or impressive

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