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paltry

[ pawl-tree ]

adjective

, pal·tri·er, pal·tri·est.
  1. ridiculously or insultingly small:

    a paltry sum.

    Synonyms: insignificant, slight, inconsiderable, minor

    Antonyms: major, important

  2. utterly worthless.
  3. mean or contemptible:

    a paltry coward.



paltry

/ ˈpɔːltrɪ /

adjective

  1. insignificant; meagre
  2. worthless or petty


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Derived Forms

  • ˈpaltrily, adverb
  • ˈpaltriness, noun

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Other Words From

  • paltri·ly adverb
  • paltri·ness noun
  • un·paltry adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of paltry1

First recorded in 1560–70; from Low German paltrig “ragged,” equivalent to *palter “rag” ( dialectal German Palter ) + -ig -y 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of paltry1

C16: from Low Germanic palter, paltrig ragged

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Synonym Study

See petty.

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Example Sentences

During the ten minutes it was plugged in, the Mach-E only added a paltry 5 kWh.

The United States gained back a paltry 49,000 jobs in January.

The economy only grew by a paltry 1 percent in the last last three months of 2020, according to last week’s Bureau of Economic Analysis figures.

As articulate and attractive young adults, all three participants meet the basic requirements for influencer status, despite their initially paltry follower counts.

From Time

The paltry nature of expected per-person payments was explained last week by plaintiffs in a filing that asked the US District Court for the Northern District of California to approve the settlement.

In all these elections, it was the suburbs—not paltry gains in the cities—that made the difference.

Also shown are the (paltry) sums spent by each organization on candidates and campaigns.

Salem the prep school kid felt so slighted by a paltry $3 million bonus in 2011 that he left the firm.

Well, there was nothing paltry about Obamacare or rescuing the country from an oncoming depression.

In his first season as owner of the San Diego Clippers, the team drew a paltry 4,344 fans a game.

What are a few paltry, lumps of crystallised carbon compared to a galaxy of a million million suns?

Nothing can be more juvenile or paltry than the works of the native Belgians here exhibited.

The present Great Mogul has so little taste, that he has had this divan divided into two parts by a very paltry partition wall.

Unfortunately for the acquisition of paltry news, it was Um-ko, not Mata, who came out to purchase.

Yet those would sound like paltry excuses after a six months' expedition to Paris.

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