- ridiculously or insultingly small: a paltry sum.
- utterly worthless.
- mean or contemptible: a paltry coward.
Origin of paltry
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Examples from the Web for paltriness
It is sad that Shakespeare should be credited with the paltriness of lesser men.William Shakespeare
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?Town and Country Sermons
The very shabbiness and paltriness of the fib made Anna's heart yearn over the poor lady.
But his Prussian Majesty would not kindle the world for such a paltriness; and so left it hanging in a vexatious condition.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. X. (of XXI.)
- insignificant; meagre
- worthless or petty
Word Origin and History for paltriness
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."