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Petty Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    petty adj
  1. inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary" [syn: junior-grade, inferior, lower, lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a), secondary, subaltern, subordinate]
  2. (informal terms) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "Mickey Mouse regulations"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "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, Mickey Mouse, niggling, piddling, piffling, picayune, trivial]
  3. contemptibly narrow in outlook; "petty little comments"; "disgusted with their small-minded pettiness" [syn: small-minded] [also: pettiest, pettier]
Petty Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Petty \Pet"ty\, a. [Compar. Pettier; superl. Pettiest.] [OE. petit, F. petit; probably of Celtic origin, and akin to E. piece. Cf. Petit.] Little; trifling; inconsiderable; also, inferior; subordinate; as, a petty fault; a petty prince. --Denham. Like a petty god I walked about, admired of all. --Milton. 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.,
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  • Petty: Petty may refer to: People : Adam Petty (1980–2000), American race car driver and son of Kyle Petty. Bruce Petty (born 1929), Australian ...
  • Tom Petty: Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty (born October 20, 1950) is an America n singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist . frontman of Tom Petty and the ...
  • Richard Petty: Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937) is a former NASCAR driver who raced in the Strictly Stock/Grand National Era and the NASCAR Winston ...
  • Norman Petty: Norman Petty (May 25, 1927 – August 15, 1984) was an American musician, songwriter, and pioneer record producer who helped shape modern ...
  • Petty Enterprises: Petty Enterprises was a NASCAR racing team based in Randleman , North Carolina , USA . The team was owned by Richard Petty , his son Kyle ...
  • Petty officer: A petty officer is a senior non-commissioned officer in many navies and are given the NATO rank denotion OR-6 . They are equal in rank ...
  • Kyle Petty: Kyle Eugene Petty (born June 2, 1960) is a retired American NASCAR driver and is currently a Co-host for NASCAR RaceDay and pannel member ...
  • William Petty: Sir William Petty (27 May 1623 – 16 December 1687) was an English economist , scientist and philosopher . He first became prominent ...
  • Richard Petty Motorsports: Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM), formerly Gillett Evernham Motorsports, is a two-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team owned by seven- ...
  • Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne: Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne KG , PC , FRS (2 July 1780 – 31 January 1863), known as Lord Henry Petty from 1784 to ...

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* Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought. Every man is the lord of a realm beside which the earthly empire of the Czar is but a petty state, a hummock left by the ice. - Henry David Thoreau

* 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 fools The 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 tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. - William Shakespeare

* We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. - Aesop


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