Examples of petty in a Sentence
a petty argument about grammar
My behavior was petty and stupid. I apologize.
Recent Examples of petty from the Web
The Soviets, on the other hand, were dominated by a Stalin eager to flex some military muscle and thoroughly convinced that war would win much more than petty negotiations.
However, whether out of guilt or because there’s lots of money in the corporate petty cash account, severance packages with Ford are downright exceptional.
Crystal Bullins, 37, was in custody on a petty theft charge and an outstanding warrant charging her with contempt of court.
For some fans, passion for the film leads to petty crime.
The two involved in the fight then spoke, explaining that lately girls in the school had been getting into petty disagreements.
Instead our main story unravels in a world of corruptions and petty politics, prejudices and hate.
Here are seven diss records from pop artists perfectly capturing bitter tensions in the industry, showing just how the world's biggest stars can still get entangled in petty rivalries.
A petty criminal who had been in and out of jail since childhood, Manson reinvented himself during the Summer of Love as a long-haired, Christ-like guru spouting Bible verses and Beatles lyrics.
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Origin and Etymology of petty
Middle English pety small, minor, alteration of petit
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of Petty
Sir William 1623–1687 English political economist
PETTY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of petty for Students
1 : small and of no importance Don't worry about the petty details.
2 : showing or having a mean narrow-minded attitude
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