- pitt, william,
- pitta bread,
- pitted keratolysis,
- pitting edema
Origin of pittance
Examples from the Web for pittance
In other words, overtime amounts to only pittance of the overall pay — about $6.50 a week on top of wages of $1,000 a week.The Administration's Thin Complaints About the Sequester|Megan McArdle|March 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In budgetary terms, it was a pittance: 0.1 percent of the CDC's $2.2 billion allocation.
Despite powering the country's economic growth, they receive a pittance of the proceeds.Ghosts in the Machine: The Story of China’s Rural Migrants and Their Uncertain Future|Ross Perlin|December 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Fire officers appreciate that the amount of burning witnessed in recent years is a pittance compared to what is required.Colorado Blazes Remind Us That National Policy on Fire Needs a Fix|Stephen J. Pyne|June 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
These immigrants are often employed illegally (but also legally) for a pittance, working in factories or as fruit pickers.Missing Women Give Clues to Dead Body Found on Queen’s Estate|Charlotte Edwardes|January 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is well known that these are eaten raw; but after so many labors, so various and so rude, the pittance was meagre.Sea Stories|Various
We did our best to help them out of our own pittance; but to all of us it was like falling from affluence to penury.Hurricane Hurry|W.H.G. Kingston
Neglecting all other affairs, he was content to live on a pittance, which he was enabled to do by a frugal and helpful wife.
Men lavished their thought, and men lavished their sweat for a pittance, upon this building.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 7 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
I made shirts for a pittance and daily refused, to me, fortunes for dishonor.Stories of the Railroad|John A. Hill
Word Origin for pittance
c.1200, "pious donation to a religious house or order to provide extra food; the extra food provided," also "a small portion, scanty rations," from Old French pitance "pity, mercy, compassion; refreshment, nourishment; portion of food allowed a monk or poor person by a pious bequest," apparently literally "pity," from pitié (see pity). Meaning "small amount, portion" first recorded 1560s.