Definition of Paltry

1. Adjective. Not worth considering. "A trifling matter"

Exact synonyms: Negligible, Trifling
Similar to: Worthless
Derivative terms: Paltriness



2. Adjective. Contemptibly small in amount. "Almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans"
Exact synonyms: Measly, Miserable
Similar to: Meager, Meagerly, Meagre, Scrimpy, Stingy
Derivative terms: Paltriness

Definition of Paltry

1. a. Mean; vile; worthless; despicable; contemptible; pitiful; trifling; as, a paltry excuse; paltry gold.

Definition of Paltry

1. Adjective. trashy, trivial, of little value ¹

2. Adjective. meager; worthless; pitiful; trifling ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Paltry

1. petty [adj -TRIER, -TRIEST] : PALTRILY [adv] - See also: petty

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Paltry

palter
paltered
palterer
palterers
paltering
palterly
palters
paltock
paltocks
paltok
paltrier
paltriest
paltrily
paltriness
paltrinesses
paltry (current term)
paludal
paludal fever
paludes
paludic
paludicolae
paludicole
paludicolous
paludina
paludinae
paludinal
paludine
paludinous
paludism
paludisms

Literary usage of Paltry

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1. A Glossary: Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares (1859)
"Meaning, I suppose, to become paltry or contemptible : I found the ... A very common epithet, with our old writers, to signify paltry, or contemptible. ..."

2. History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth by JAMES ANTHONY. FROUDE (1870)
"The small and paltry manoeuvring was for the moment laid aside, and Wal- singham, with Burghley now at his back, half succeeded in persuading her to leave ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"nd the intensified sensitiveness of the modern cultured man—all these together have caused aa- trology to emerge from its hiding place among paltry ..."

4. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1829)
"Down to our paltry fates we bow, Headlong in Error's wild career : We mock the doubts, and scorn the fear And, month by month, and year by year, ..."

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