petty: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pet'ē), [key]
— -ti•er, -ti•est.
  1. of little or no importance or consequence: petty grievances.
  2. of lesser or secondary importance, merit, etc.; minor: petty considerations.
  3. having or showing narrow ideas, interests, etc.: petty minds.
  4. mean or ungenerous in small or trifling things: a petty person.
  5. showing or caused by meanness of spirit: a petty revenge.
  6. of secondary rank, esp. in relation to others of the same class or kind: petty states; a petty tyrant.


Pronunciation: (pet'ē), [key]
— n.
  1. born 1937, U.S. racing-car driver.
  2. See
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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