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Petty Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
  1. inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowlycorporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinatefunctionary" [syn: junior-grade, inferior, lower,lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a), secondary, subaltern,subordinate]
  2. (informal terms) small and of little importance; "a fiddlingsum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries arelilliputian compared with those of countries that are atwar"; "a little (or small) matter"; "Mickey Mouseregulations"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limitedto petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving apolice officer a free meal may be against the law, but itseems 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 oramounts.Petty officer, a subofficer in the navy, as a gunner, etc.,
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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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