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From Middle French petit, English since the late 14th century. The disparaging meaning developed over the 16th century.

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petty (comparative pettier or more petty, superlative pettiest or most petty)

  1. (obsolete except in set phrases) Little, small, secondary in rank or importance.
    petty officer, petty cash
    • 1671, John Milton, Samson Agonistes
      Like a petty god I walked about, admired of all.
  2. Insignificant, trifling, or inconsiderable.
    a petty fault
  3. Narrow-minded, small-minded.
  4. 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.

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petty (plural petties)

  1. (usually in the plural, obsolete) A little schoolboy, either in grade or size.
  2. (now historical) A class or school for young schoolboys.
  3. (dialect, euphemistic) An outhouse: an outbuilding used as a lavatory.

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