adjective Also pic·a·yun·ish. Informal.
- picasso, pablo,
- piccadilly circus,
Origin of picayune
Examples from the Web for picayunish
I have become what I am, because to me the broad canvas alone is interesting, and picayunish prejudices are contemptible.Destiny|Charles Neville Buck
Mediocrity was in the saddle, and picayunish partisan politics held the center of the boards.The Hindered Hand|Sutton E. Griggs
Little she thought of Settlements or picayunish donations now.V. V.'s Eyes|Henry Sydnor Harrison
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.