- involving a trifling sum of money; small in amount: a penny-ante investment.
- inconsiderable; minor; small-time.
Origin of penny-ante
- Cards. a game of poker in which the ante or basic bet is one cent.
- Informal. any business arrangement or transaction involving a trifling or paltry sum of money.
Origin of penny ante
Related Words for penny-antelesser, narrow-minded, frivolous, minor, little, slight, scratch, shallow, inessential, lower, base, peanut, light, small, subordinate, secondary, junior, inferior, trifling, shoestring
Examples from the Web for penny-ante
Contemporary Examples of penny-ante
No, not the penny-ante conspiracy Hillary Clinton first floated back in the 90s.The Kremlin’s Favorite Anti-Gay Hate Group is Coming to Utah
July 19, 2014
He should stop wasting his time taunting Rick Perry with penny-ante bets and put his lucre to good use.Eight Ways Mitt Romney Could Beat Newt Gingrich
December 16, 2011
Historical Examples of penny-ante
Its nothing but penny-ante, with a ten-cent limit; just enough to make it interesting, you know.The New Boys at Oakdale
He was lured into a game of penny-ante poker, which assumed, before the game was finished, extensive proportions.