Definition of "petty" []

  • Of small importance; trivial: a petty grievance. (adjective)
  • Marked by narrowness of mind, ideas, or views. (adjective)
  • Marked by meanness or lack of generosity, especially in trifling matters. (adjective)
  • Secondary in importance or rank; subordinate. See Synonyms at trivial. (adjective)
  • Law Variant of petit. (adjective)
  • Trivial; trifling; inessential (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Of a narrow-minded, mean, or small-natured disposition or character (adjective)
  • Minor or subordinate in rank (adjective)
  • Of lesser importance (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "petty" in a sentence
  • "Which of us, in fact, has the force of character to be superior to petty vanity, to _petty fine feelings_, sympathy and self-reproach? ..."
  • "As Democratic presidential frontrunners Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton got personal in last night's debate, John Edwards said he tried to stay away from what he called petty bickering."
  • "HENRY: The clarification came after Maliki lashed out at what he called petty politics from the American administration."