AskDefine | Define petty

Dictionary Definition

petty adj
1 inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary" [syn: junior-grade, inferior, lower, lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a), secondary, subaltern, subordinate]
2 (informal terms) 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"; "Mickey Mouse regulations"; "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" [syn: fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, Mickey Mouse, niggling, piddling, piffling, picayune, trivial]
3 contemptibly narrow in outlook; "petty little comments"; "disgusted with their small-minded pettiness" [syn: small-minded] [also: pettiest, pettier]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Little, trifling, or inconsiderable, as a petty fault.


Little, trifling, or inconsiderable, as a petty fault

Extensive Definition

Petty can refer to one of the following
petty in German: Petty
petty in French: Petty

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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