But such instances only emphasize how small, cramped, and petty much of this race has been.
This is clearly not a boast; it seems, rather, a shamed admission of petty, callow cruelty.
The ubiquity of smartphones and the widespread connectivity to the Internet seems often used for petty, if not harmful, ends.
Every petty little hiccup that beset its launch was magnified as an index of its chronic malfunction.
This is no place for petty gripes, disagreements, and competitions.
What if any of them should be drowned, and he, to vent a petty spite, had given no warning?
I don't care how you do it, and I'm not going to be bothered with your petty details.
From petty tyrants they had been degraded to mere quill-drivers.
So petty and local was Ziliotto's party, with no idea of the world or of freedom.
"Congdon," replied the doctor, naming one of the petty officers.
late 14c., "small," from phonemic spelling of Old French petit "small" (see petit). In English, not originally disparaging (cf. petty cash, 1834; petty officer, 1570s). Meaning "of small importance" is recorded from 1520s; that of "small-minded" is from 1580s. Related: Pettily; pettiness. An old name for "Northern Lights" was petty dancers.