from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of small importance; trivial: a petty grievance.
- adj. Marked by narrowness of mind, ideas, or views.
- adj. Marked by meanness or lack of generosity, especially in trifling matters.
- adj. Secondary in importance or rank; subordinate. See Synonyms at trivial.
- adj. Law Variant of petit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Little, small, secondary in rank or importance.
- adj. Insignificant, trifling, or inconsiderable.
- adj. Narrow-minded, small-minded.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Little; trifling; inconsiderable; also, inferior; subordinate
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Small; little; trifling; trivial; inconsiderable or insignificant; of little account: as, petty payments; a petty quarrel.
- Of minor importance or gravity; not heinous or serious: as, petty trespass; a petty crime.
- Inferior as regards rank, power, capacity, possessions, etc.; not of great importance, standing, or rank: as, a petty prince; a petty proprietor.
- n. A junior scholar in a grammar-school; a little child attending school.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. inferior in rank or status
- adj. (informal) small and of little importance
- n. larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale)
- adj. contemptibly narrow in outlook
Which of us, in fact, has the force of character to be superior to petty vanity, to _petty fine feelings_, sympathy and self-reproach? ...
As Democratic presidential frontrunners Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton got personal in last night's debate, John Edwards said he tried to stay away from what he called petty bickering.
HENRY: The clarification came after Maliki lashed out at what he called petty politics from the American administration.
SHEINDLIN: Yes oh, yes, child is bitten by a dog, the child -- sometimes children get involved in -- what I call petty crime vandalism, and the neighbor will sue the parents to replace the property that the children destroyed.
Baqwa said every individual was capable of casting aside what he called petty differences and to help rid the country of lawlessness and violence.
Only a disgusting selfish inhuman being with total lack of compassion or sense of right and wrong would use the Haiti earthquake in petty political attacks against President Obama
I agree that the crashers should have been charged had they been caught in fraganti but it would be very petty from the service to charge them now after no harm was done.
Police are security services and should not engage in petty politicking and certainly shouldn't be so easily offended.
Though they hold higher office, some of them engage in petty, obstructionist behaviors that are reminiscent of a high school student instead of intelligent and educated men and women.
The UK risks a wave of layabouts indulging in petty grievances against imagined slights, in what police warn could become a "Summer of George".