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1. Of little value or importance; paltry. See Synonyms at trivial.
2. Petty; small-minded: "It had seemed picayune to get all bent out of shape organizing the household chores" (Barbara Kingsolver).
1. A Spanish-American half-real piece formerly used in parts of the southern United States.
2. A five-cent piece.
3. Something of very little value; a trifle: not worth a picayune.

[Louisiana French picaillon, small coin, from French, from Provençal picaioun, from picaio, money, perhaps from Old Provençal piquar, to jingle, clink, from Vulgar Latin *piccāre, to pierce; see pique.]

pic′a·yun′ish adj.


1. of small value or importance
2. mean; petty
3. (Currencies) the half real, an old Spanish-American coin
4. (Currencies) US any coin of little value, esp a five-cent piece
[C19: from French picaillon coin from Piedmont, from Provençal picaioun, of unknown origin]
ˌpicaˈyunishly adv
ˌpicaˈyunishness n


(ˌpɪk iˈyun, ˌpɪk ə-)

adj. Also, pic`a•yun′ish.
1. of little value or account; small; trifling.
2. petty, carping, or prejudiced.
3. (formerly, in Louisiana, Florida, etc.) a coin equal to half a Spanish real.
4. any small coin, as a five-cent piece.
5. an insignificant person or thing.
[1780–90; < Occitan picaioun small copper coin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.picayune - (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"


Contemptibly unimportant:
Slang: measly.
Idiom: of no account.


[ˌpɪkəˈjuːn] (US) ADJinsignificante, de poca monta


, picayunish
adj (US inf: = paltry) → gering, minimal; (= petty)kleinlich
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