And Anna had been hurt, had been made miserable, by the paltriness of this fib.
How do I know that he will not despise my meanness and paltriness?
The mail was very late this time: hence the paltriness of this note.
Most of the successful politicians nowadays win not by their own greatness but by the paltriness of the rest.
But his Prussian Majesty would not kindle the world for such a paltriness; and so left it hanging in a vexatious condition.
The paltriness and vulgarity of these local broils and disaffections lend to his warning a more severe impressiveness.
It is sad that Shakespeare should be credited with the paltriness of lesser men.
The opportunity of contrasting the paltriness of earth with the sublimity and reality of the unseen was too great to be resisted.
Meanness, pettiness, paltriness seem to shrink away abashed at the sight of that radiant purity.
The very shabbiness and paltriness of the fib made Anna's heart yearn over the poor lady.
1560s, probably an adjectival use of noun paltry "worthless thing" (1550s), associated with dialectal palt, pelt "trash," cognate with Middle Low German and East Frisian palte "rag," Middle Dutch palt "broken or torn fragment." Cf. Low German paltrig "rubbishy," East Frisian palterig "ragged, torn."