adjective, pal·tri·er, pal·tri·est.
Origin of paltry
Examples from the Web for paltriness
And Anna had been hurt, had been made miserable, by the paltriness of this fib.The Benefactress|Elizabeth Beauchamp
Most of the successful politicians nowadays win not by their own greatness but by the paltriness of the rest.Essays on Scandinavian Literature|Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
Meanness, pettiness, paltriness seem to shrink away abashed at the sight of that radiant purity.The Heart of Nature|Francis Younghusband
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.)|Thomas Carlyle
It is sad that Shakespeare should be credited with the paltriness of lesser men.William Shakespeare|John Masefield
British Dictionary definitions for paltriness
adjective -trier or -triest
Word Origin for paltry
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."