adjective, pet·ti·er, pet·ti·est.
- petty bourgeois,
- petty bourgeoisie,
- petty cash,
- petty jury,
- petty larceny
Origin of petty
Examples from the Web for pettiness
Rather, he dishes up a seemingly endless stream of examples of pettiness, irritation, hypocrisy and awkwardness.Fear And Self-Loathing In Scandinavia: The Fiction Of Karl Ove Knausgaard|Ted Gioia|May 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The pettiness could be no issue—photograph all of your children, rainbows, sunsets, and kittens.All You Need to Be a Modern Digital Stalker Is a Smartphone|Tauriq Moosa|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It represents instead a sorry reflection of the pettiness of current political debate in Washington.Obama Will Lose Recess Appointment Case, but Will Other Presidents Lose Their Power?|Andrew Cohen|January 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And it makes the pettiness and obstinacy on display in the U.S. over these negotiations all the more unseemly.
It remains the must-have accessory, the absence of it destined to whip up a firestorm of pettiness.Election Night 2012: Fashion of Jubilation And Mourning|Robin Givhan|November 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In that swamp of pettiness, idiocy, and materialism, a man of your nature could not long abide.Visionaries|James Huneker
In England he quickly felt the pettiness of the busy Court life, to which he could not accustom himself.Great Ralegh|Hugh De Selincourt
A giggle is indicative of pettiness, trifling and general mental light-weight.How to Read Human Nature|William Walker Atkinson
Julien saw nothing in this except the pettiness of spirit of a country bourgeois.The Red and the Black|Stendhal
Annoyed at their pettiness I removed the diamonds and flowers and all ornaments.Confessions of an Opera Singer|Kathleen Howard
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.