adjective, pet·ti·er, pet·ti·est.
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
British Dictionary definitions for pettiness
adjective -tier or -tiest
Word Origin for petty
Word Origin and History for pettiness
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.