- of little value or account; small; trifling: a picayune amount.
- petty, carping, or prejudiced: I didn't want to seem picayune by criticizing.
- (formerly, in Louisiana, Florida, etc.) a coin equal to half a Spanish real.
- any small coin, as a five-cent piece.
- Informal. an insignificant person or thing.
Origin of picayune
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Examples from the Web for picayunish
Little she thought of Settlements or picayunish donations now.V. V.'s Eyes
Henry Sydnor Harrison
Mediocrity was in the saddle, and picayunish partisan politics held the center of the boards.The Hindered Hand
Sutton E. Griggs
I have become what I am, because to me the broad canvas alone is interesting, and picayunish prejudices are contemptible.Destiny
Charles Neville Buck
- of small value or importance
- mean; petty
- the half real, an old Spanish-American coin
- US any coin of little value, esp a five-cent piece
Word Origin and History for picayunish
1804, "coin of small value," probably from Louisiana French picaillon "coin worth 5 cents," earlier the French name of an old copper coin of Savoy (1750), from Provençal picaioun "small copper coin," from picaio "money," of uncertain origin. Adjectival figurative sense of "paltry, mean" recorded from 1813.