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PETTY (pettier, pettiest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does petty mean? 

PETTY (noun)
  The noun PETTY has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: PETTY used as a noun is very rare.

PETTY (adjective)
  The adjective PETTY has 3 senses:

1. inferior in rank or status
2. (informal) small and of little importance
3. contemptibly narrow in outlook

  Familiarity information: PETTY used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

PETTY (noun)

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Larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


petit larceny; petty; petty larceny

Hypernyms ("petty" is a kind of...):

larceny; stealing; theft; thievery; thieving (the act of taking something from someone unlawfully)

PETTY (adjective)

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Inferior in rank or status


subaltern; petty; lower-ranking; junior-grade; lowly; secondary; inferior; subordinate

Context examples:

the junior faculty / a lowly corporal / petty officialdom / a subordinate functionary


junior (younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service)

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(informal) small and of little importance


trivial; piffling; piddling; picayune; niggling; footling; fiddling; petty; lilliputian; little

Context examples:

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


unimportant (not important)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

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Contemptibly narrow in outlook


small-minded; petty

Context examples:

petty little comments / disgusted with their small-minded pettiness


narrow; narrow-minded (lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view)

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