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English adjective: petty

1. petty inferior in rank or status

SamplesThe junior faculty.
A lowly corporal.
Petty officialdom.
A subordinate functionary.

Synonymsjunior-grade, lower-ranking, lowly, secondary, subaltern



2. petty (informal) small and of little importance

SamplesA 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.

Synonymsfiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, picayune, piddling, piffling, trivial


Domain usagecolloquialism

Antonymsimportant, of import

3. petty contemptibly narrow in outlook

SamplesPetty little comments.
Disgusted with their small-minded pettiness.


Similarnarrow, narrow-minded


English noun: petty

1. petty (act) larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale)

Synonymspetit larceny, petty larceny

Broader (hypernym)larceny, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving

Antonymsgrand larceny, grand theft

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