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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 ?
To be sure, ye say: "The delight in petty evils spareth one many a great evil deed.
In countries where modern civilisation has become fully developed, a new class of petty bourgeois has been formed, fluctuating between proletariat and bourgeoisie and ever renewing itself as a supplementary part of bourgeois society.
He had equipped himself with a mental telescope and looked into remote space, where petty worldliness hiding itself in misty distance had seemed to him great and infinite merely because it was not clearly seen.
And now there's a mean, petty feud set up against the thing in the town, by certain persons who want to make it a failure.
Then, brother," I replied, "you can return to your China, post haste or at whatever haste you are bound to go, as I am not fit for so long a travel and, besides being ill, I am very much without money, while Emperor for Emperor and Monarch for Monarch, I have at Naples the great Count of Lemos, who, without so many petty titles of colleges and rectorships, sustains me, protects me and does me more favour than I can wish for.
It is impossible to read the history of the petty republics of Greece and Italy without feeling sensations of horror and disgust at the distractions with which they were continually agitated, and at the rapid succession of revolutions by which they were kept in a state of perpetual vibration between the extremes of tyranny and anarchy.
Such, in two words, was the woof of petty interests and petty conspiracies which united Blois with Orleans and Orleans with Paris; and which was about to bring into the last named city, where she was to produce so great a revolution, the poor little La Valliere, who was far from suspecting, as she returned joyfully, leaning on the arm of her mother, for what a strange future she was reserved.
As a bachelor, when he had watched other people's married life, seen the petty cares, the squabbles, the jealousy, he had only smiled contemptuously in his heart.
The Firm to which I was brutally consigned, as if I was a bale of merchandise, has worn out my patience by a series of petty insults; and I have felt compelled, from motives of self-respect, to withdraw my services, which were undervalued from the first.
minister and kinsman of a petty kinglet under the Chou dynasty, whose `Li Sao', literally translated `Falling into Trouble', is partly autobiography and partly imagination.
Neither is it merely in the phrase; for whereas it hath been well said, that the arch-flatterer, with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man's self; certainly the lover is more.
It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.