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
And whomever submitted the request made Castroneves look petty and small.
Its neighboring hillock of garlicky mashed potatoes, laced with the meat’s braising liquid, dwarfed the meat, but that’s a petty quibble with one of Skillets’ tastiest dishes.
Blissfully unaware of any of this, at least at first, is young master Parker, who is jonesing for his Avengers experience and trying to be content stopping petty-ante crime in his striving Queens neighborhood.
A judge has dismissed a petty-theft charge against a state legislator from Garden City who took campaign brochures opponents had distributed to homes and stuffed them into his pocket.
In one of her more petty feuds, the rapper took on ComicBook NOW! for a tweet comparing her music to the The Last Airbender (an insult).
Further, the Horns247Sports story reported a number of recent arrests in Florida and Ohio by Johnson, three in March for hit-and-run, forgery, petty theft and possession of drugs.
On the one hand, Magic's comments look unnecessarily petty.
Michael Bush, 14, was first arrested at age 13 on Aug. 7, 2016, by the Broward Sheriff’s Office on charges of burglary, petty theft.
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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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