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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
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