- (informal, Canada, US) Petty, trivial; of little consequence; small and of little importance.
- 1997, David Foster Wallace, “A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again”, in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Kindle edition, Little, Brown Book Group:
- It’s also representative of a psychological syndrome that I notice has gotten steadily worse as the Cruise wears on, a mental list of dissatisfactions and grievances that started picayune but has quickly become nearly despair-grade.
- 2005, New York Times, November 17, 2005
- "It might seem like a picayune matter, akin to the rivalry in the film "Monty Python's Life of Brian" between the Judean People's Front, the Judean Popular People's Front and the People's Front of Judea."
- Small-minded; childishly spiteful, tending to go on about unimportant things.
picayune (plural picayunes)
- (US, especially Louisiana, archaic) A small coin of the value of six-and-a-quarter cents; a fippenny bit.
- (archaic) A five-cent piece.
- (informal) Something of very little value; a trifle.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:trifle
- An argument, fact, corner case, or other issue raised (often intentionally) that distracts from a larger issue at hand or fails to make any difference.
A small coin of the value of six and a quarter cents.
Something of very little value — see trifle