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 petty
Petty, shade, and thirst are my favorite human “virtues” and the trifecta of any good series of “stories.”‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist|Judnick Mayard|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In no way, he said, did Brown deserve to die for what began as petty theft.
No more cynically cutting opposition candidates out of a district for petty political purposes.Hate Hyper-Partisanship? Support Redistricting Reform Now|John Avlon|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But when the end result is tens of millions raised, do the shades of vanity or petty grudges truly matter?
Sure, you may call this petty, but it really does chap my hide!
Perhaps I'm depressed too, because to-day has been a succession of petty squabbles, and I hate squabbling.The Bacillus of Beauty|Harriet Stark
It is a study of the histrionic temperament, and full of the major miseries and petty triumphs of stage life.Egoists|James Huneker
The first person inside the sacred precincts to greet the stranger is a keen-eyed "Petty Officer of the Guard."Submarine Warfare of To-day|Charles W. Domville-Fife
Canteen cash at the end of each day should be handed over to the Director and entered in the petty cash book.Campward Ho!|Unknown
The petty officer accepted the invitation with alacrity, even before Fordyce explained what was required of him.A Sub and a Submarine|Percy F. Westerman
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.