adjective, pet·ti·er, pet·ti·est.
Origin of petty
Synonyms for petty
Antonyms for petty
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Historical Examples of pettily
I am often pettily, impulsively false; its quite, quite true.The Confounding of Camelia
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
adjective -tier or -tiest
Word Origin for petty
late 14c., "small," from phonemic spelling of Old French petit "small" (see petit). In English, not originally disparaging (cf. petty cash, 1834; petty officer, 1570s). Meaning "of small importance" is recorded from 1520s; that of "small-minded" is from 1580s. Related: Pettily; pettiness. An old name for "Northern Lights" was petty dancers.