paltry

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paltry

trashy, worthless: The prize was too paltry to justify an effort to win.; contemptible: The paltry wage that they offer is an insult.
Not to be confused with:
poultry – chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese raised for food
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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.
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paltry

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

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

paltry

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

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

adjarmselig, schäbig; for a few paltry poundsfür ein paar lumpige or armselige Pfund; he gave some paltry excuseer brachte irgendeine armselige Entschuldigung hervor
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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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References in classic literature ?
But man, reckless animal, is so made that in him curiosity, the paltriest curiosity, will overcome all terrors, every disgust, and even despair itself.
As British trade became conquest, the purpose was not civilizational advance, and Besant urged her readers to "drop our hypocritical mask, and acknowledge that we seized India from lust of conquest, from greed of gain, from the lowest and paltriest of desires." (63) Such critique was not unprecedented, but in an era of the massive expansion of European empires, it was certainly a minority view within British public discourse.
It causes present unhappiness for the speaker and potential disillusionment for the man, "should he wake to see / The gem, he dreamed so pure, of paltriest kind" (ll.