: insignificant in performance, scope, or standing : petty
small-time thieves
small-timer noun

Examples of small-time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Store security and local police have sometimes treated runners as small-time annoyances and booted them from stores, rather than arresting and prosecuting them, according to Parks. Craig Silverman, ProPublica, 10 Apr. 2024 But even in a scenario that leaves small-time entrepreneurs in the dust, some advocates argue that medicalization would be a net good. Jane C. Hu, The Atlantic, 8 Apr. 2024 Tom is a small-time scammer scraping by in early-1960s New York City when he’s summoned to meet with Herbert Greenleaf (Manchester by the Sea filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan), a shipping magnate whose son Richard has been living in Italy on a trust fund. Judy Berman, TIME, 4 Apr. 2024 TikTok’s fee changes could be most challenging for small-time or individual sellers that embraced its shopping platform, some hawking cheap or questionable items. Amanda Hoover, WIRED, 1 Apr. 2024 The Bohemians: This small-time soccer team in Dublin has made support for social causes a crucial part of its identity. Ed O’Loughlin, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2024 This is a stranger story of how some small-time philosophers captured some big-bet billionaires, who in turn captured the philosophers—and how the two groups spun themselves into an opulent vortex that has sucked up thousands of bright minds worldwide. Leif Wenar, WIRED, 27 Mar. 2024 Most jurors determined that a plan engineered by Tavares Calloway to rob some small-time weed dealers nearly three decades ago went horribly sideways. Charles Rabin, Miami Herald, 25 Mar. 2024 So far, the law’s most noticeable effects seem to be sending droves of tourists to New Jersey and frustrating small-time Airbnb hosts. Amanda Hoover, WIRED, 5 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of small-time was in 1915

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“Small-time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/small-time. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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