Definition of paltry in English:

paltry

Line breaks: pal¦try
Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːltri
 
, ˈpɒl-/

adjective (paltrier, paltriest)

Derivatives

paltriness

noun
More example sentences
  • The majority remain serenely intransigent about taking on serious commitments while berating the minority for the paltriness of their sacrifice.
  • Perhaps it's just that the power of the wind and rain remind me of the paltriness of the original irritation but I never fail to feel renewed by such weather.
  • This result reflects the ruling arbitrariness in labour relations and the paltriness of the unions as counterpart to the State as employer.

Origin

mid 16th century: apparently based on dialect pelt 'rubbish, especially rags'; compare with Low German paltrig 'ragged'.

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