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pet·ty

 (pĕt′ē)
adj. pet·ti·er, pet·ti·est
1. Of small importance; trivial: a petty grievance. See Synonyms at trivial.
2. Showing an excessive concern with unimportant matters or minor details, especially in a narrow-minded way: petty partisanship.
3.
a. Of lesser importance or rank; subordinate: a petty prince.
b. Law Variant of petit.

[Middle English peti, from Old French, variant of petit; see petit.]

pet′ti·ly adv.
pet′ti·ness n.

petty

(ˈpɛtɪ)
adj, -tier or -tiest
1. trivial; trifling; inessential: petty details.
2. of a narrow-minded, mean, or small-natured disposition or character: petty spite.
3. minor or subordinate in rank: petty officialdom.
4. (Law) law of lesser importance
[C14: from Old French petit]
ˈpettily adv
ˈpettiness n

pet•ty

(ˈpɛt i)

adj. -ti•er, -ti•est.
1. of little or no importance; inconsequential: petty grievances.
2. of lesser importance or merit; minor: petty considerations.
3. having or showing narrow ideas, interests, etc.: petty minds.
4. ungenerous in trifling matters: a petty person.
5. showing meanness of spirit: a petty revenge.
[1325–75; Middle English peti(t) small, minor < Old French petit < Gallo-Romance *pittīttus]
pet′ti•ly, adv.
pet′ti•ness, n.
syn: petty, paltry, trivial, trifling apply to something that is so insignificant as to be almost unworthy of notice. petty implies lack of significance or worth: petty quarrels. paltry applies to something that is contemptibly small or worthless: I was paid a paltry sum. trivial applies to something that is slight or insignificant, often being in contrast to something that is important: a trivial task. trifling is often interchangeable with trivial; however, trifling implies an even lesser, almost negligible, importance or worth: to ignore a trifling error.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.petty - larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale)
larceny, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving - the act of taking something from someone unlawfully; "the thieving is awful at Kennedy International"
Adj.1.petty - inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"
junior - younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service
2.petty - (informal) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
unimportant - not important; "a relatively unimportant feature of the system"; "the question seems unimportant"
3.petty - contemptibly narrow in outlook; "petty little comments"; "disgusted with their small-minded pettiness"
narrow-minded, narrow - lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view; "a brilliant but narrow-minded judge"; "narrow opinions"

petty

adjective
2. small-minded, mean, cheap, grudging, shabby, spiteful, stingy, ungenerous, mean-minded I think that attitude is a bit petty.
small-minded liberal, generous, tolerant, open-minded, magnanimous, broad-minded
3. minor, lower, junior, secondary, lesser, subordinate, inferior Wilson was not a man who dealt with petty officials.

petty

adjective
1. Contemptibly unimportant:
Slang: measly.
Idiom: of no account.
2. Not broad or elevated in scope or understanding:
4. Below another in standing or importance:
Informal: smalltime.
Translations
حَقير، تافِهصَغير، زَهيد
malichernýbanálníbezvýznamnýdrobný
småligubetydeliguvæsentlig
kicsinyes
lítilmótlegursmávægilegur, ómerkilegur
smulkioms išlaidoms skirti pinigaismulkmeniškumas
maznozīmīgsnejaukssīks, nesvarīgszemisks
malicherný

petty

[ˈpetɪ]
A. ADJ (pettier (compar) (pettiest (superl)))
1. (= trivial) [detail] → insignificante, nimio; [squabble, rivalry, concerns] → pequeño, trivial
2. (= minor) [offence] → menor
3. (= small-minded, spiteful) → mezquino
you're being very petty about itte estás portando de manera muy mezquina
B. CPD petty cash Ndinero m para gastos menores, caja f chica
petty cash book Nlibro m de caja auxiliar
petty crime Ndelito m menor
petty larceny Nrobo m de menor cuantía
petty officer Nsuboficial mf de marina
petty sessions NPLtribunal msing de primera instancia
petty theft Nrobo m de poca monta
petty thief Nladrón/ona m/f de poca monta

petty

[ˈpɛti] adj
[person] (= mean) → mesquin(e)
(= unimportant) → insignifiant(e), sans importancepetty cash npetite caisse fpetty crime n
(= illegal activities) → délits mpl mineurs
(= illegal act) → délit m mineurpetty criminal npetit délinquant mpetty officer nmaître m

petty

adj (+er)
(= trivial)unbedeutend, belanglos, unwichtig; excusebillig; crimegeringfügig
(= small-minded)kleinlich; (= spiteful) remarkspitz; you’re being very petty about itdu bist sehr kleinlich
(= minor) chieftain etcuntergeordnet; (pej) officialunbedeutend, untergeordnet; the petty wars of the timedie Kleinkriege jener Zeit

petty

:
petty average
n (Naut Jur) → Teilschaden m, → kleine Havarie
petty bourgeois
petty bourgeoisie
petty cash
nPortokasse f
petty crime
n
no pl (= illegal activities)Kleinkriminalität f
(= illegal act)Vergehen nt, → Bagatelldelikt nt
petty jury
n˜ Geschworene pl
petty larceny
petty-minded
adjkleinlich
petty officer
nFähnrich mzur See
petty theft

petty

[ˈpɛtɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl)))
a. (trivial, detail, complaint) → insignificante, di poca importanza
b. (minor, official) → subalterno/a
c. (small-minded, spiteful) → meschino/a

petty

(ˈpeti) adjective
1. of very little importance; trivial. petty details.
2. deliberately nasty for a foolish or trivial reason. petty behaviour.
ˈpettily adverb
ˈpettiness noun
petty cash
money used for small, everyday expenses in an office etc.
References in classic literature ?
I know not how significant it is, or how far it is an evidence of singularity, that an individual should thus consent in his pettiest walk with the general movement of the race; but I know that something akin to the migratory instinct in birds and quadrupeds--which, in some instances, is known to have affected the squirrel tribe, impelling them to a general and mysterious movement, in which they were seen, say some, crossing the broadest rivers, each on its particular chip, with its tail raised for a sail, and bridging narrower streams with their dead--that something like the furor which affects the domestic cattle in the spring, and which is referred to a worm in their tails,--affects both nations and individuals, either perennially or from time to time.
You may have sincerity, but you have no modesty; out of the pettiest vanity you expose your sincerity to publicity and ignominy.
For I have observed this remarkable coincidence, that the select natures who pant after the ideal, and find nothing in pantaloons or petticoats great enough to command their reverence and love, are curiously in unison with the narrowest and pettiest.
You are ordinary of the ordinary; you have no chance of ever fathering the pettiest idea of your own.
And all of a sudden, instead of his life with his wife being made on an individual pattern, it was, on the contrary, entirely made up of the pettiest details, which he had so despised before, but which now, by no will of his own, had gained an extraordinary importance that it was useless to contend against.
Because the truth is, people don't like it when their friends change, and since Drake is intent on evolving, it's inevitable that some fans will start identifying less with him and more with the spurned allies and ex-girlfriends whom he describes in his pettiest songs--the people in his life who resent him for drifting away from them or getting so big for his britches.
Convinced of the NCAA's and his moral superiority, he rejected any suggestion that it played favourites, conducted vendettas and meted out punishment for the pettiest of violations, although it plainly did.
Ansari also started a hashtag trend which blames Murdoch for just about anything wrong in the world, including the pettiest stuff.
In fact, we might ask, who really are the pettiest producers in the larger, extended, imperial Utopian landscape?
But this is typically the pettiest form of scholarly criticism, for it is always possible to ask one to do more.
I can understand that it will stick in Mr Pithie's craw that the transformation was achieved by encouraging free enterprise rather than by imposing socialism, but there is no doubt that he and his fellow trade unionists benefitted by not being constantly forced to come out on strike by demagogues, often for the pettiest of reasons.
Our political leaders are still criticizing each other for the pettiest of issues.