Meaning of penny ante

pen'ny an'te

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a game of poker in which the ante or basic bet is one cent.
  2. any business arrangement or transaction involving a trifling or paltry sum of money.

pen•ny-an•te

Pronunciation: (pen'ē-an'tē), [key]
— adj. Informal.
  1. involving a trifling sum of money; small in amount: a penny-ante investment.
  2. inconsiderable; minor; small-time.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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