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1. petty

adjective. ['ˈpɛˌtiː'] (informal) small and of little importance.

Synonyms

  • trivial
  • footling
  • little
  • picayune
  • unimportant
  • piffling
  • lilliputian
  • niggling
  • piddling

Antonyms

  • large
  • tall
  • high
  • much

Etymology

  • petit (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

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Rhymes with Petty

  • guglielmetti
  • grandinetti
  • famiglietti
  • serengeti
  • lorenzetti
  • bartoletti
  • tomassetti
  • tomasetti
  • simonetti
  • sanguinetti
  • passaretti
  • nicoletti
  • micheletti
  • giovannetti
  • giovanetti
  • giacometti
  • felicetti
  • donizetti
  • civiletti
  • cappelletti
  • benedetti
  • antonetti
  • angeletti
  • allegretti
  • vendetti
  • spaghetti
  • salvetti
  • ponzetti
  • pedretti
  • paoletti

How do you pronounce petty?

Pronounce petty as ˈpɛˌti.

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Sentences with petty


1. Adjective
Limit access to the petty cash account to two people and store the cash in a tamper-proof safe.

2. Noun, singular or mass
By using your debit card, the thief at least committed petty theft.

3. Verb, base form
Thankfully, it didn’t have to come to petty theft.

Quotes about petty


1. To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,To the last syllable of recorded time;And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,And then is heard no more. It is a taleTold by an idiot, full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing.
- William Shakespeare, Macbeth

2. The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.
- David Foster Wallace, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

3. The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
- Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

2. petty

adjective. ['ˈpɛˌtiː'] contemptibly narrow in outlook.

Synonyms

  • small-minded
  • narrow

Antonyms

  • significant
  • serious
  • big

Etymology

  • petit (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

3. petty

adjective. ['ˈpɛˌtiː'] inferior in rank or status.

Synonyms

  • lowly
  • junior-grade
  • subaltern
  • lower-ranking
  • secondary

Antonyms

  • more
  • old
  • uppercase
  • loud

Etymology

  • petit (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

4. petty

noun. ['ˈpɛˌtiː'] larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale).

Synonyms

  • petit larceny
  • stealing
  • petty larceny
  • theft
  • thieving
  • larceny

Antonyms

  • unemotional
  • meaningful
  • essential
  • unimportance

Etymology

  • petit (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
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