adjective Also pic·a·yun·ish. Informal.
Origin of picayune
Synonyms for picayune
Related Words for picayunediminutive, everyday, frivolous, immaterial, incidental, inconsequential, insignificant, irrelevant, little, meager, mean, meaningless, minor, minute, negligible, nonessential, paltry, petty, piddling, puny
Examples from the Web for picayune
Contemporary Examples of picayune
The administration enthusiastically traded winning the future for a picayune present gain.Will Jack Lew Win the Future?
January 10, 2013
To see just how picayune the debate got, take a look at the opinions.Don’t Believe the Hype: Supreme Court Decision on Juvenile Life Without Parole Is Weak
David R. Dow
June 25, 2012
But his evaluation admitted that portions at the restaurant were “picayune, and desserts are something of a question mark.”Four Stars!
August 25, 2009
Historical Examples of picayune
I give him a picayune, now and then; and you see he dresses well.
If we were only there, our chances wouldn't be worth a picayune.
I shall not proceed with the play for that picayune sum before me.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
This mystified me, but to object to the tent, of course, would have been picayune.The Prairie Mother
They ride like the devil, fight like the devil, but don't care a picayune for anything.The Crisis, Complete
adjective Also: picayunish US and Canadian informal
Word Origin for picayune
1804, "coin of small value," probably from Louisiana French picaillon "coin worth 5 cents," earlier the French name of an old copper coin of Savoy (1750), from Provençal picaioun "small copper coin," from picaio "money," of uncertain origin. Adjectival figurative sense of "paltry, mean" recorded from 1813.