See also: Petty
- IPA(key): /ˈpɛti/
- Homophone: Petty
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- Rhymes: -ɛti
- (obsolete except in set phrases) Little, small, secondary in rank or importance.
- 1671, John Milton, Samson Agonistes:
- Like a petty god I walked about, admired of all.
- Insignificant, trifling, or inconsiderable.
- a petty fault
- 2018 February, Robert Draper, “They are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet: Technology and Our Increasing Demand for Security have Put Us All under Surveillance. Is Privacy Becoming just a Memory?”, in National Geographic, Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, ISSN 0027-9358, OCLC 1049714034, archived from the original on 14 June 2018:
- Later today in Finsbury Park, the cameras would spend hours panning across 35,000 festivalgoers in search of pickpockets, drunken brawlers, and other assorted agents of petty mischief.
- Narrow-minded, small-minded.
- Begrudging in nature, especially over insignificant matters.
- That corporation is only slightly pettier than they are greedy, and they are overdue to reap the consequences.
Terms derived from petty
little, trifling, or inconsiderable, as a petty fault
petty (plural petties)
- (usually in the plural, obsolete) A little schoolboy, either in grade or size.
- (historical) A class or school for young schoolboys.
- (dialect, euphemistic) An outhouse: an outbuilding used as a lavatory.
- (school for young schoolboys): ABC, petty school
- (class for young schoolboys): petty form
- (outhouse): See Thesaurus:outhouse