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picayune - Dictionary definition and meaning for word picayune

(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

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for picayune

picayune: relate it to pico, which means small. so picayune->pico->small or petty things
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by prateek.510

PICAYUNE -> PICCOLO + TUNE. A PICCOLO might be mistaken for an INSIGNIFICANTLY small flute; eventhough, it can deliver an earpiercing TUNE.
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by dshefman

Definition: petty, small minded piety--Imagine people chasing a RACOON that foolishly wandered into their church. These people are armed with little PIGGIES and trying to pummel the RACOON to death with them. They are PIGGY COON.
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by Jackery

Main sharab peeke aaya hoon .. main PEE-KE-AAYA-HOON (say this continuously 10 times)...haha you have gre exam and you are wasting time on Picayune (trivial) things..lol..go study.
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by waheedsid

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