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petty

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1  —as in:
a petty crime
Definition of less importance — at times implying insignificance
  • She handles petty crimes.
petty = of less importance
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Delegate petty matters to your staff and keep your focus on important things.
  • She has a record of petty theft.
  • petty = of less importance
  • He confesses to many things, petty acts of vandalism and theft, that Connor couldn't care less about.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • petty = insignificant (unimportant)
  • HALE: Proctor, I cannot think God be provoked so grandly by such a petty cause.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • petty = unimportant
  • ...to seek, resolutely, the true and indestructible value that lay hidden in the petty and wearisome incidents, and ordinary characters with which I was now conversant.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • petty = unimportant
  • If your wish is to become really a man of science and not merely a petty experimentalist, I should advise you to apply to every branch of natural philosophy, including mathematics.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • petty = unimportant
  • And even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • petty = insignificant (unimportant)
  • I'm dying to tell you about another one of our clashes, but before I do I'd like to say this: I think it's odd that grown-ups quarrel so easily and so often and about such petty matters.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • petty = unimportant
  • And to be quite honest, Mrs. Dando, the last thing Michael needs is to be troubled by petty things like football and school.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
petty = less important

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2  —as in:
don't be petty
Definition focusing on an unimportant flaw; or attempting to make someone suffer for an unimportant wrong
  • I'm disgusted with their small-minded pettiness.
pettiness = focusing on an unimportant flaw; or attempting to make someone suffer for an unimportant wrong
(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I'm growing weary of her petty little comments.
  • petty = focusing on an unimportant flaw; or attempting to make someone suffer for an unimportant wrong
  • Petty would be saying, "New number, who dis?"
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • petty = focusing on unimportant things in a spiteful way
  • I learned that he could be petty, such as when he'd take a bite of the qurma his wife placed before him, sigh, and push it away.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • petty = make a big deal of unimportant things
  • Anyone who's so petty and pedantic at the age of fifty-four was born that way and is never going to change.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • petty = focusing on unimportant things
  • I admit: I had always thought I was above this kind of typical teenage pettiness, but I felt a lump in my throat throughout lunch.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • pettiness = focusing on an unimportant flaws
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • We can be petty little creatures with...
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • petty = focusing on unimportant things
  • Realize how petty you've become.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • petty = focusing on unimportant flaws
  • He puts his arm around me and kisses my hair. I don't miss that smug look that crosses his face. Petty.
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • petty = focused on unimportant things
  • He didn't want to lose, but he didn't want to be petty, either.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
petty = focusing on unimportant things

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