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Definition insignificant in amount or quality
  • God gave me that freedom; but man put God's image in the scales with the paltry sum of three hundred dollars.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • And who doth lead them but a paltry fellow, Long kept in Britagne at our mother's cost?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • Certainly not for no little paltry sawbuck.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • It seemed as if this paltry sum would delay the desired culmination longer than all the rest had.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The paltry magic of your statue cannot contain me.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • 'tis a paltry king in his ways with men of letters, and one who commits very barbarous cruelties.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • My love would have been devoted — would have trod your paltry whimpering under foot!'
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • It suddenly seemed to me that this commonplace, prosaic tea was horribly undignified and paltry after all that had happened, and I blushed crimson.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • They bought me, me with your paltry money.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • But sadly, I'm going to have to sail through under my own paltry steam.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • To love a man for his virtues is paltry and human, it tells you; to love him for his flaws is divine.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It made our jar of molasses seem rather paltry.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Yes; all we have to do is to get rid of this paltry obstacle.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • To distract myself, I unscrew my crappy piece of paper for the thousandth time and read through my paltry notes.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • There was no way an eighty-six-year-old man could have stopped them from getting away with their paltry loot.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • I was, perhaps, after all, a paltry victim to the spirit of mental and social restlessness that makes so many unhappy in these days!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • I am not going to be sat upon by Farfrae, or any of the rest of the paltry crew!
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • I say, only then realizing how paltry a defense it is.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • "She's a romantic soul, our Iona, but flowers are paltry considering the insult."
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • I had eleven carries for forty-seven yards, and my longest run was a paltry eight yards.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy

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