Definition of 'paltry'
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This means they are reducing their interest payments, and the tax-free savings they make will far exceed the paltry returns that savings accounts offer at present. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This means they are reducing their interest payments, and the tax-free savings they make will far exceed the paltry returns that savings accounts offer at present. Times, Sunday Times (2016)There is no justice in a paltry little sentence. The Sun (2011)Why is such a paltry sum given? The Sun (2014)Voluntary charging deterred the poor and raised paltry sums. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Military figures say these sums are paltry. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Instead a whole load of hard workers cleaned up and got paid a paltry sum. The Sun (2016)Fewer still would do so if they had to give up to eight hours of their time for such a paltry return. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)They have taken a paltry two points from their opening three games and only goal difference is keeping them above the relegation zone. The Sun (2006)It's easy money with a paltry sentence if they get caught. The Sun (2016)Increasing the vast stock of carbon dioxide in the ocean by one percent reduces the relatively paltry amount in the atmosphere by half. Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet (2007)The burglars he caught stealing from him received paltry 75 fines. The Sun (2014)It was a paltry, pallid return. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He was fined a paltry 5,000 by the organisers. The Sun (2011)It is a paltry return compared to the 34 he notched up in total last year. The Sun (2011)The returns on cash on deposit are paltry; the returns on printers of cash are somewhat better. Times, Sunday Times (2009)WHAT is the point of paltry sentences given to benefits fraudsters? The Sun (2013)I complained about this paltry amount but have not had a reply. Times, Sunday Times (2014)A third are either let off with a conditional discharge or given a paltry fine. The Sun (2014)Her eight-year jail sentence seems paltry. The Sun (2012)If the government wins, it will fuel the mounting disquiet over the relatively paltry payments some soldiers are receiving for lifelong injuries. Times, Sunday Times (2009)He said he had no choice but to give him the paltry sentence after the case took 18 months to get to court. The Sun (2013)But the daily quota of three litres is a paltry amount in a city as huge as Tehran which has poor public transport. Times, Sunday Times (2007)And they have managed a paltry four points from 20 top-flight away games since then. The Sun (2008)They know that the nation's supposedly strict privacy laws are no deterrent, when paltry fines are more than paid for by boosted sales. The Sun (2012)
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Translations for 'paltry'
British English: paltry ADJECTIVE
A paltry amount of money or of something else is one that you consider to be very small.
...a paltry fine.
Definition of paltry from the Collins English Dictionary
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