: having little or no importance or significance
a petty argument about grammar My behavior was petty and stupid. I apologize.
Recent Examples on the Web While speaking to reporters after the event at an evangelical church outside Des Moines, the Florida governor leveled a series of shots at his rival, former President Donald Trump, painting him as selfish, unprincipled and petty. —Aj Willingham, CNN, 31 May 2023 Once licensed, stores would charge sales tax plus a 10% cannabis tax. Minnesotans who have been convicted of misdemeanor or petty misdemeanor possession would also get their records automatically expunged. —Trisha Ahmed, Fortune, 30 May 2023 Jordan was also a very petty and vindictive player who constantly criticized his teammates throughout his career. —oregonlive, 27 May 2023 When Kendall responds, dissociating from his petty vulgarity and delivering a stirringly grandiose defense of greed and gluttony, the crowd cheers. —Phillip Maciak, The New Republic, 26 May 2023 The broad uprising against him comes not from a sense of noble resistance against a petty, vindictive, unstable leader, but rather a chance to rise above everyone else. —Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 23 May 2023 They are seen as complicit in their decline, petty criminals and a public nuisance. —Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2023 But while shocking, the deadly dispute between neighbors was by no means unique in recent weeks, when guns have been used to end petty grievances: Knocking on a stranger’s door. —Adriana Pérez, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2023 But what do petty money worries mean to Apple, which agreed to ante up for the version Scorsese and DiCaprio are determined to make? —Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Mar. 2023 See More
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