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Definition 1: larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale) - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for petty in the sense of this definition

(petty is a kind of ...) the act of taking something from someone unlawfully

"the thieving is awful at Kennedy International"

Definition 2: inferior in rank or status - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where petty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the junior faculty
  • a lowly corporal
  • petty officialdom
  • a subordinate functionary

Synonyms for petty in the sense of this definition

(petty is similar to ...) younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service

Definition 3: contemptibly narrow in outlook - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where petty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • petty little comments
  • disgusted with their small-minded pettiness

Synonyms for petty in the sense of this definition

(petty is similar to ...) lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view

"a brilliant but narrow-minded judge" "narrow opinions"

Definition 4: (informal) small and of little importance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where petty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for petty in the sense of this definition

(petty is similar to ...) not important

"a relatively unimportant feature of the system" "the question seems unimportant"

(petty is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

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