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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 ?
Beyond all question, he had the blood of a petty huckster in his veins, through whatever channel it may have found its way there.
The founders of the greater part of the families which now compose the aristocracy of Salem might here be traced, from the petty and obscure beginnings of their traffic, at periods generally much posterior to the Revolution, upward to what their children look upon as long-established rank,
He came clattering up to the school-door with an invitation to Ichabod to attend a merry - making or "quilting-frolic," to be held that evening at Mynheer Van Tassel's; and having, delivered his message with that air of importance and effort at fine language which a negro is apt to display on petty embassies of the kind, he dashed over the brook, and was seen scampering, away up the Hollow, full of the importance and hurry of his mission.
They were common enough, he said, such cases of petty graft.
WHEN I told the king I was going out disguised as a petty freeman to scour the country and familiarize myself with the humbler life of the people, he was all afire with the novelty of the thing in a minute, and was bound to take a chance in the adven- ture himself -- nothing should stop him -- he would drop everything and go along -- it was the prettiest idea he had run across for many a day.
If these go shopping without a gentleman or a man-servant, they are tolerably sure to be subjected to petty insolences-- insolences of manner and tone, rather than word, though words that are hard to bear are not always wanting.
Hovering on the verge of the great beyond,--her body "struck" and no longer under control of her iron will,--no divine visions floated across her tired brain; nothing but petty cares and sordid anxieties.
Jennings deficient either in curiosity after petty information, or in a disposition to communicate it.
Then take my word for it,--I am not a villain: you are not to suppose that--not to attribute to me any such bad eminence; but, owing, I verily believe, rather to circumstances than to my natural bent, I am a trite commonplace sinner, hackneyed in all the poor petty dissipations with which the rich and worthless try to put on life.
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.
Give me back my wife, give me back my family, substitute Micawber for the petty wretch who walks about in the boots at present on my feet, and call upon me to swallow a sword tomorrow, and I'll do it.
Assuredly, among these flushed and dull-eyed men there were some whom--thanks to their native human-kindness--even riot could never drive into brutality; men who, when their cheeks were fresh, had felt the keen point of sorrow or remorse, had been pierced by the reeds they leaned on, or had lightly put their limbs in fetters from which no struggle could loose them; and under these sad circumstances, common to us all, their thoughts could find no resting-place outside the ever-trodden round of their own petty history.