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petty

pet·ty

petty

 
 
pronunciation:
pe ti
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Word Combinations (adjective)
part of speech: adjective
inflections: pettier, pettiest
definition 1: of little importance, interest, or consequence; trivial.
petty differences
synonyms:
insignificant, negligible, niggling, picayune, piddling, trifling, trivial
antonyms:
gross, important, momentous
similar words:
futile, idle, inconsequential, inconsiderable, light, little, mickey mouse, nugatory, paltry, puny, slight, small
definition 2: narrow in mind, outlook, or interests.
synonyms:
insular, narrow-minded, provincial
similar words:
little, mean, myopic, narrow, parochial, purblind, small-minded, trifling
definition 3: mean, or inclined to meanness; small-minded; spiteful.
a petty desire for revenge
synonyms:
mean, picayune, small, small-minded, spiteful
antonyms:
magnanimous, noble
similar words:
little, shabby, splenetic
definition 4: of lesser importance or status; minor.
a petty official
synonyms:
junior, lesser, minor
antonyms:
big-time, important
similar words:
associate, lower, secondary, subordinate
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derivations: pettily (adv.), pettiness (n.)