petty

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adjective pet·ty \ˈpe-tē\

Definition of petty

pettier

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pettiest

  1. 1 :  having secondary rank or importance :  minor, subordinate

  2. 2 :  having little or no importance or significance

  3. 3 :  marked by or reflective of narrow interests and sympathies :  small-minded

pettily

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pettiness

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Examples of petty in a sentence

  1. a petty argument about grammar

  2. My behavior was petty and stupid. I apologize.

Origin and Etymology of petty

Middle English pety small, minor, alteration of petit


First Known Use: 14th century


Petty

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biographical name Pet·ty \ˈpe-tē\

Definition of Petty

  1. Sir William 1623–1687 English political economist



PETTY Defined for English Language Learners

petty

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adjective pet·ty \ˈpe-tē\

Definition of petty for English Language Learners

  • : not very important or serious

  • : relating to things that are not very important or serious

  • : committing crimes that are not very serious


PETTY Defined for Kids

petty

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adjective pet·ty \ˈpe-tē\

Definition of petty for Students

pettier

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pettiest

  1. 1 :  small and of no importance Don't worry about the petty details.

  2. 2 :  showing or having a mean narrow-minded attitude

pettiness

\ˈpe-tē-nəs\ noun

Law Dictionary

petty

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adjective pet·ty \ˈpe-tē\

Legal Definition of petty

  1. :  relatively minor in degree a petty offense punishable by not more than six months in prison — compare grand



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