penny-ante

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

Definition of penny-ante

 (Entry 1 of 2)

penny ante

noun

Definition of penny ante (Entry 2 of 2)

: poker played for very low stakes

Examples of penny-ante in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And a lot has been made comparing Cuomo’s response to that of Governor Ralph Northam, of Virginia, but the allegations made against Northam were kind of penny ante compared to those that have now been made against the Governor. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2021 And the abuelas did not like to lose their penny ante poker games, said Surfside native Michelle Kuper, whose grandmother and aunt lived in Champlain East. Author: Linda Robertson, Anchorage Daily News, 4 July 2021

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First Known Use of penny-ante

Adjective

1865, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of penny-ante was in 1855

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“Penny-ante.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penny-ante. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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