English adjective: petty
|1.||petty inferior in rank or status|
|Samples||The junior faculty.|
A lowly corporal.
A subordinate functionary.
|Synonyms||junior-grade, lower-ranking, lowly, secondary, subaltern|
|2.||petty (informal) small and of little importance|
|Samples||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.
Giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction.
|Synonyms||fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, picayune, piddling, piffling, trivial|
|Antonyms||important, of import|
|3.||petty contemptibly narrow in outlook|
|Samples||Petty little comments.|
Disgusted with their small-minded pettiness.
English noun: petty
|1.||petty (act) larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale)|
|Synonyms||petit larceny, petty larceny|
|Broader (hypernym)||larceny, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving|
|Antonyms||grand larceny, grand theft|