paltry


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pal·try

 (pôl′trē)
adj. pal·tri·er, pal·tri·est
1. Lacking in importance or worth. See Synonyms at trivial.
2. Very small or inadequate in amount; negligible: was paid a paltry sum for his work.
3. Marked by meanness or lack of generosity; contemptible: "I would far rather burn my whole book, than that he or any other man should think that I had behaved in a paltry spirit" (Charles Darwin).

[Probably from obsolete and dialectal paltry, trash, perhaps from Low German paltrig, ragged, from palte, rag.]

pal′tri·ly adv.
pal′tri·ness n.

paltry

(ˈpɔːltrɪ)
adj, -trier or -triest
1. insignificant; meagre
2. worthless or petty
[C16: from Low Germanic palter, paltrig ragged]
ˈpaltrily adv
ˈpaltriness n

pal•try

(ˈpɔl tri)

adj. -tri•er, -tri•est.
1. ridiculously or insultingly small: a paltry sum.
2. utterly worthless: paltry clothes.
3. mean or contemptible: a paltry coward.
[1560–70; < Low German paltrig ragged =*palter rag (compare dial. German Palter) + -ig -y1]
pal′tri•ness, n.
syn: See petty.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.paltry - not worth considering; "he considered the prize too paltry for the lives it must cost"; "piffling efforts"; "a trifling matter"
worthless - lacking in usefulness or value; "a worthless idler"
2.paltry - contemptibly small in amountpaltry - contemptibly small in amount; "a measly tip"; "the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief"; "a paltry wage"; "almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans"
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy - deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare"

paltry

adjective
1. meagre, petty, trivial, trifling, beggarly, derisory, measly, piddling (informal), inconsiderable He was fined the paltry sum of $50.
meagre considerable, valuable
2. insignificant, trivial, worthless, unimportant, small, low, base, minor, slight, petty, trifling, Mickey Mouse (slang), piddling (informal), toytown (slang), poxy (slang), nickel-and-dime (U.S. slang), picayune (U.S.), chickenshit (U.S. slang), twopenny-halfpenny (Brit. informal) She had no interest in such paltry concerns.
insignificant major, important, grand, significant, essential, consequential

paltry

adjective
1. Contemptibly unimportant:
Slang: measly.
Idiom: of no account.
2. Of decidedly inferior quality:
Informal: cheesy.
Slang: crummy, schlocky.
Translations

paltry

[ˈpɔːltrɪ] (paltrier (compar) (paltriest (superl))) ADJínfimo, miserable
for a few paltry penniespor unos miserables peniques
for some paltry reasonpor alguna nimiedad

paltry

[ˈpɔːltri] adj
(= meagre) [sum, fine, sentence] → dérisoire
(= petty) [matter] → dérisoire

paltry

adjarmselig, schäbig; for a few paltry poundsfür ein paar lumpige or armselige Pfund; he gave some paltry excuseer brachte irgendeine armselige Entschuldigung hervor

paltry

[ˈpɔːltrɪ] adj (meagre) → irrisorio/a; (unworthy of consideration) → insignificante
for a paltry £5 → per la somma irrisoria di 5 sterline
References in classic literature ?
He had no right to be a martyr; and, beholding him so fit to be happy and so feeble for all other purposes, a generous, strong, and noble spirit would, methinks, have been ready to sacrifice what little enjoyment it might have planned for itself, --it would have flung down the hopes, so paltry in its regard,--if thereby the wintry blasts of our rude sphere might come tempered to such a man.
For be a man's intellectual superiority what it will, it can never assume the practical, available supremacy over other men, without the aid of some sort of external arts and entrenchments, always, in themselves, more or less paltry and base.
Aye, lighting from the boat to the deck, thus I trample on thee, thou paltry thing that feebly pointest on high; thus I split and destroy thee
I have cared for them, instructed them, watched over them, and know all their little cares and joys, for years; and how can I ever hold up my head again among them, if, for the sake of a little paltry gain, we sell such a faithful, excellent, confiding creature as poor Tom, and tear from him in a moment all we have taught him to love and value?
Yes, they changed my twenty, but I judged it strained the bank a little, which was a thing to be expected, for it was the same as walking into a paltry village store in the nineteenth century and requiring the boss of it to change a two thousand-dollar bill for you all of a sudden.
He was going a-fishing before dawn, with Pembroke Howard, and if I got the twins into the common calaboose--and I thought sure I could--I never dreamed of their slipping out on a paltry fine for such an outrageous offense-- well, once in the calaboose they would be disgraced, and uncle wouldn't want any duels with that sort of characters, and wouldn't allow any.
Now, when any vicious simpleton excites my disgust by his paltry ribaldry, I cannot flatter myself that I am better than he: I am forced to confess that he and I are on a level.
And that insipid, paltry creature attending her from DUTY and HUMANITY
Noel, this letter is a paltry attempt to frighten you.
My love would have been devoted - would have trod your paltry whimpering under foot
This was the occasion on which fair dames who came on pillions sent their bandboxes before them, supplied with more than their evening costume; for the feast was not to end with a single evening, like a paltry town entertainment, where the whole supply of eatables is put on the table at once, and bedding is scanty.
When I returned with my dear-bought honours, purchased by toil and blood, I found her wedded to a Gascon squire, whose name was never heard beyond the limits of his own paltry domain