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petty - Dictionary definition and meaning for word petty

(noun) larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale)
(adj) inferior in rank or status
Example Sentence
  • the junior faculty
  • a lowly corporal
  • petty officialdom
  • a subordinate functionary

(adj) (informal) small and of little importance
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adj) contemptibly narrow in outlook
Synonyms : small-minded
Example Sentence
  • petty little comments
  • disgusted with their small-minded pettiness

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for petty

girls use petty coats inside dress which r very small than the dress they wear
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by isabella swan

opp to pretty(large)
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by anbeysiva

it rhymes with 'betty' who was always secondary or unimportant to archie as compared to veronica.
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by asthachaturvedi

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