adjective (paltrier, paltriest)
- 1(Of an amount) very small or meagre: she would earn a paltry £33 more a monthMore example sentences
small, meagre, trifling, insignificant, negligible, inadequate, insufficient, scant, scanty, derisory, pitiful, pitiable, pathetic, miserable, sorry, wretched, puny, trivial, niggardly, beggarly, mean, ungenerous, inappreciable, mere• rare exiguous
- He described the 12.7m that will go towards education programmes as a paltry amount.
- When someone offered him a paltry amount to take the business off his hands, however, Hughes realised he was not about to give up that easily.
- It still represents a paltry amount to live on, but is nevertheless something which should have been done a long time ago.
- 1.1Petty; trivial: naval glory struck him as paltryMore example sentences
worthless, petty, trivial, unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential, of little account/consequence, meaningless, negligible, nugatory, minor, footling, contemptible• informal penny-ante
- He was our coachman, and my father once had him arrested, on account of some paltry offence, for twenty-four hours.
- What would I need with your paltry glory?
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- 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.
mid 16th century: apparently based on dialect pelt 'rubbish, especially rags'; compare with Low German paltrig 'ragged'.