Definition of 'petty'
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Suddenly the political warfare of the past few weeks seemed petty and small. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Too many petty criminals end up in jail. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Can a man be that petty? Times, Sunday Times (2016)Petty criminals and gamblers muse, bicker and banter. Times, Sunday Times (2017)We argued about petty things and in the end she dumped me. The Sun (2008)Picking up litter can be a useful punishment for petty crime. The Sun (2014) The petty commander proved ineffective and spent much of his time feuding with a rival tribe. Times, Sunday Times (2014)This is petty and a bit strange. The Sun (2014)Normally upright citizens turn into serial petty criminals at work. Blaikie's Guide to Modern Manners (2005)Not tipping makes me feel mean and petty. Times, Sunday Times (2015)We are not worried about petty morals. READY, STEADY, GO!: Swinging London and the Invention of Cool (2002)He spent days in the pub but only witnessed petty crime. The Sun (2013)It all sounds a bit petty to most women in their twenties and thirties now. Times, Sunday Times (2006)He appears to have been a higher priority as a petty criminal. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Petty complaints about the book may make you look foolish or unfair. A Short Guide to Writing About History (1995)He has convictions for petty crimes and makes little secret of his political beliefs. The Sun (2010)Her family were scandalised at her association with a petty criminal and cut her out of their lives. Times, Sunday Times (2014)They weren't unkind or petty or small. Christianity Today (2000)Those who have accused Hair of petty officialdom also miss the point. Times, Sunday Times (2006)And he's clearly not a man for petty rage. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It's the lousy performance and petty small print that turn most people off. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It might seem a bit petty but we're all furious because we were robbed. The Sun (2010)My teacher was a male chief petty officer who clearly hadn't come across anyone with my sensibilities. FRIENDS FOR LIFE (2003)It had been confirmed at an earlier court hearing that'the defendant is a serving naval petty officer on board a nuclear submarine. The Sun (2012)And out of this bruising encounter with petty officialdom he's crafted a beguiling hour of Fringe comedy. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
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Translations for 'petty'
British English: petty ADJECTIVE
You can use petty to describe things such as problems, rules, or arguments which you think are unimportant or relate to unimportant things.
He was miserable all the time and rows would start over petty things.
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