1. larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale);
[syn: petit larceny, petty larceny, petty]
1. inferior in rank or status;
- Example: "the junior faculty"
- Example: "a lowly corporal"
- Example: "petty officialdom"
- Example: "a subordinate functionary"
[syn: junior-grade, lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a), secondary, subaltern]
2. (informal) small and of little importance;
- Example: "a fiddling sum of money"
- Example: "a footling gesture"
- Example: "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"
- Example: "a little (or small) matter"
- Example: "a dispute over niggling details"
- Example: "limited to petty enterprises"
- Example: "piffling efforts"
- Example: "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"
[syn: fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial]
3. contemptibly narrow in outlook;
- Example: "petty little comments"
- Example: "disgusted with their small-minded pettiness"
[syn: petty, small-minded]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Petty \Pet"ty\ (p[e^]t"t[y^]), a. [Compar. Pettier (p[e^]t"t[i^]*[~e]r); superl. Pettiest.] [OE. petit, F. petit; probably of Celtic origin, and akin to E. piece. Cf. Petit.] Little; trifling; inconsiderable; unimportant; also, inferior; subordinate; as, a petty fault; petty complaints; a petty prince. --Denham. [1913 Webster] Like a petty god I walked about, admired of all. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Petty averages. See under Average. Petty cash, money expended or received in small items or amounts. Petty officer, a subofficer in the navy, as a gunner, etc., corresponding to a noncommissionned officer in the army. [1913 Webster] Note: For petty constable, petty jury, petty larceny, petty treason, See Petit. [1913 Webster] Syn: Little; diminutive; inconsiderable; inferior; trifling; trivial; unimportant; frivolous. [1913 Webster]U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Petty, TX Zip code(s): 75470Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
176 Moby Thesaurus words for "petty": Mickey Mouse, abject, abominable, arrant, atrocious, authoritarian, base, beggarly, bickering, bigot, bigoted, borne, captious, casual, caviling, cheap, cheesy, choplogic, close, closed, constricted, contemptible, cramped, creedbound, crummy, cursory, deaf, deaf to reason, debased, deficient, degraded, depraved, depthless, despicable, dinky, dirty, disgusting, equivocatory, evasive, execrable, fanatical, few, flagrant, footling, foul, fulsome, grave, gross, grudging, hairsplitting, hedging, heinous, hidebound, illiberal, imperfect, impertinent, inadequate, incompetent, inconsequent, inconsequential, inconsiderable, inessential, inferior, insignificant, insufficient, insular, irrelevant, jerkwater, light, little, little-minded, logic-chopping, low, low-down, lumpen, maladroit, mangy, meager, mean, mean-minded, mean-spirited, measly, mediocre, mingy, miniature, minor, miserable, miserly, monstrous, narrow, narrow-hearted, narrow-minded, narrow-souled, narrow-spirited, nearsighted, nefarious, negligible, niggardly, niggling, nit-picking, no great shakes, not comparable, not in it, nugatory, obnoxious, odious, of no account, one-horse, out of it, paltering, paltry, parochial, parsimonious, peanut, peddling, pettifogging, picayune, picayunish, piddling, piffling, pimping, poky, poor, provincial, punk, puny, purblind, pussyfooting, quibbling, rank, reptilian, scabby, scrubby, scruffy, scummy, scurvy, shabby, shallow, shoddy, shoestring, short, shortsighted, shuffling, skin-deep, slight, small, small-beer, small-minded, small-time, squalid, stingy, straitlaced, stuffy, superficial, tight, tight-fisted, tinhorn, tiny, trichoschistic, trifling, trinal, trivial, two-bit, two-by-four, twopenny-halfpenny, uncatholic, uncharitable, unchivalrous, unconsidered, ungenerous, unimportant, unliberal, unmentionable, unskillful, vile, wretched