• WordNet 3.6
    • adj petty contemptibly narrow in outlook "petty little comments","disgusted with their small-minded pettiness"
    • adj petty (informal) 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","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"
    • adj petty inferior in rank or status "the junior faculty","a lowly corporal","petty officialdom","a subordinate functionary"
    • n petty larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Racecar driver Lee Petty once left a pitstop and did a full lap at Nascar with a pit crew member still on the hood
    • a Petty Little; trifling; inconsiderable; also, inferior; subordinate; as, a petty fault; a petty prince. ☞ For petty constable petty jury petty larceny petty treason, See Petit. "Like a petty god
      I walked about, admired of all."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • petty Small; little; trifling; trivial; inconsiderable or insignificant; of little account: as, petty payments; a petty quarrel.
    • petty Of minor importance or gravity; not heinous or serious: as, petty trespass; a petty crime.
    • petty Inferior as regards rank, power, capacity, possessions, etc.; not of great importance, standing, or rank: as, a petty prince; a petty proprietor.
    • n petty A junior scholar in a grammar-school; a little child attending school.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Petty pet′i small: of less importance: lower in rank, power, &c.: inconsiderable, insignificant: contemptible
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  • Imelda Marcos
    Imelda Marcos
    “I get so tired listening to one million dollars here, one million dollars there, it's so petty.”
  • Sidney J. Harris
    “A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive”
  • Ouida
    “Petty laws breed great crimes.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “But love is blind, and lovers cannot see What petty follies they themselves commit”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.”
  • Matthew Arnold
    “But each day brings its petty dust our soon-choked souls to fill, and we forget because we must, and not because we will.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. petit, F. petit,; probably of Celtic origin, and akin to E. piece,. Cf. Petit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. petit.


In literature:

He must learn, however, to despise petty adversaries.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
These are petty blemishes; I mention them with reluctance.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
Yet, somehow, he could not hold to the notion; it was too petty for their game.
"The Cab of the Sleeping Horse" by John Reed Scott
They all knew the life of mean hazard, sorry shift, and petty expedient again and again renewed.
"Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Morley
Under these princes were the petty lords or nobles.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
The petty hostelry was now in sight, a projecting bush denoting the vintner's residence.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
I always thought them above such petty meanness.
"Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
It is a power that places the liberty of every man in the hands of every petty officer.
"American Eloquence, Volume I. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1896)" by Various
Meanwhile the petty, local fight had started which was to disrupt this hope of Barton's, and thwart its fulfillment forever.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 2, May, 1915" by Various

In poetry:

Strive not with pain to scale the height
Of some fair garden's petty wall;
But climb the open mountain side
Whose summit rises over all.
"The Nobly Born" by James Russell Lowell
Let cares that petty shadows cast,
By which our lives are chiefly proved,
A little spare the night I loved,
And hold it solemn to the past.
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: 105." by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Success had spoiled you, said your friends,
It was not so, for naught was there
To spoil but means to petty ends.
At last men saw you bleak and bare.
"To A Politician" by Edward Dyson
Not in the petty circle of cities
Cramped by your doors and your walls I dwell;
Over me God is blue in the welkin
Against me the wind and the storm rebel.
"Invitation" by Aurobindo Ghose
Make me reflect, whene'er I am alone,
On that exact account, which all that live,
Must for each petty fault which they have done,
Nay, e'en for ev'ry idle story, give.
"A Morning Prayer, To Be Us'd After A Person Is Up, Wash'd, And Dress'd" by Rees Prichard
To these few words, it seems to me,
A wealth of sound instruction clings;
O Learn to Take things easily --
Espeshly Other People's Things;
And Time will make your fingers deft
At what is know as Petty Theft.
"Learn To Take Things Easily" by Harry Graham

In news:

The pole honors Petty Officer Gary Swenchonis Jr, whose father worked at the center.
Vena Munday, 93, daughter of Jacob and Nora Bickford, widow of Isaac Petty and Samuel Munday, suffered a stroke and died on July 7, 2007.
Josie Vena (Bickford, Petty) Munday, 93, of Fairport, N.Y.
Gary Pettis will coach third base, Dave Anderson first after run game stumbles.
Rise above petty people and petty squabbles today - let nothing disturb your peace of mind.
Coast Guard Petty Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Martin, a crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bear carries a bale of cocaine.
S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sabrina Elgammal.
It wasn't hard to predict Tom Petty would age gracefully.
North Country Community College will sponsor a free wellness lecture on the Saranac Lake campus Wednesday, October 3 from 3-4:30pm in S-19 Petty Lecture Hall.
Johnson matched Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most career victories on the 1-mile concrete track.
The cast of "Detroit," from left, Sarah Sokolovic, Darren Pettie, David Schwimmer and Amy Ryan.
It's a prime season for petty shoplifters and professional thieves alike.
Timothy Michael Pickett, 23, of the 4600 block of Sunset Road, was arrested Friday by Collier deputies and charged with burglary of an unoccupied residence and petty theft.
Then the pettiness shifts to Sarah.
0Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty asks you to check your vehicles and report any missing items in the event they have been recovered following recent burglaries.

In science:

By Pettis theorem (see [Ke95, 9.9]) A · A−1 = G, so g can be represented of the form g = g ′′ · g ′−1 where g ′ , g ′′ ∈ A.
On the topological essential range and regularity of cocycles over compact and generic systems
Figure 4: Nuclear corrections to the neutrino structure function F ν 2 for inclusive CHORUS data (left) and for NuTeV charm production data (right) from the Kulagin-Petti parametrization .
Precision determination of electroweak parameters and the strange content of the proton from neutrino deep-inelastic scattering
Petti for providing us with their nuclear PDF sets and to A.
Precision determination of electroweak parameters and the strange content of the proton from neutrino deep-inelastic scattering
Thanks to the second estimate, we also have that R xαUη is bounded in L1 and so, thanks to the Dunford-Pettis theorem (see for instance), {Uη }η belong to a L1 -weak compact set.
Eigenelements of a General Aggregation-Fragmentation Model
Here we also derive the stability version of Petty’s pro jection inequality (cf. ).
Stability results for the volume of random simplices