Mediocrity was in the saddle, and picayunish partisan politics held the center of the boards.
Little she thought of Settlements or picayunish donations now.
I have become what I am, because to me the broad canvas alone is interesting, and picayunish prejudices are contemptible.
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.