adjective, pal·tri·er, pal·tri·est.
Origin of paltry
Examples from the Web for paltry
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.Too Big to Jail: Confessions of a Goldman Sachs Brat|Michael Daly|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In his first season as owner of the San Diego Clippers, the team drew a paltry 4,344 fans a game.How to Rescue the Clippers From Donald Sterling’s Racist Clutches|Jesse Lawrence|April 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yes, women make up 45% of the Swedish parliament compared to a paltry 18% in the U.S Congress.
In Tolstoy's eyes they were false, paltry, and immoral, and he was at no pains to disguise his opinions.The Forged Coupon and Other Stories|Leo Tolstoy
What self-respecting heroine would abandon her husband and children for sin and a paltry five thousand a year?The Angel and the Author - and Others|Jerome K. Jerome
The principals in all great offices will reside in England, make some paltry allowance to deputies for doing the business here.
No taste, no arrangement, paltry looking-glasses, and rats-tail candles.Italy; with sketches of Spain and Portugal|William Beckford
Even this paltry means of support was precarious, and it was resolved to keep the marriage secret.
adjective -trier or -triest
Word Origin for paltry
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."