paltry

  • 1 paltry — pal‧try [ˈpɔːltri ǁ ˈpɒːl ] adjective very small in number or amount and therefore not useful, important, or valuable: • As interest rates fell, returns on fixed income investments looked paltry compared with the stock market gains. * * * paltry… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 paltry — pal try (p[add]l tr[y^]), a. [Compar. {Paltrier} (p[add]l tr[i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Paltriest}.] [Cf. Prov. E. paltry refuse, rubbish, LG. palterig ragged, palte, palter, a rag, a tatter, Dan. pialt, Sw. palta, pl. paltor.] Mean; vile; worthless;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 paltry — (adj.) 1560s, probably an adjectival use of noun paltry worthless thing (1550s), associated with dialectal palt, pelt trash, cognate with M.L.G. and E.Fris. palte rag, M.Du. palt broken or torn fragment. Cf. Low Ger. paltrig rubbishy, E.Fris.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 paltry — I adjective below par, beneath contempt, beneath notice, cheap, contemptible, deficient, despicable, diminutive, humble, inadequate, incomplete, inconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, irrelevant, lacking, little, meager, mean, measly,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 paltry — trifling, trivial, *petty, puny, measly, picayunish, picayune Analogous words: *contemptible, despicable, sorry, scurvy, cheap, beggarly, shabby: abject, ignoble, *mean: *base, low, vile …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 paltry — [adj] poor; worthless base, beggarly, cheap, common, contemptible, derisory, despicable, inconsiderable, ineffectual, insignificant, limited, low, low down*, meager, mean, measly, minor, miserable, narrow, petty, picayune, piddling, pitiful, puny …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 paltry — ► ADJECTIVE (paltrier, paltriest) 1) (of an amount) very small or meagre. 2) petty; trivial. DERIVATIVES paltriness noun. ORIGIN probably from dialect pelt «rubbish» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 paltry — [pôl′trē] adj. paltrier, paltriest [prob. < LowG paltrig, ragged < palte, a rag] practically worthless; trifling; insignificant; contemptible; petty paltriness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 paltry — pal|try [ˈpo:ltri US ˈpo:l ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: paltry worthless material (16 19 centuries)] 1.) a paltry amount of something is too small to be useful or important ▪ paltry sum of money ▪ He received only a paltry £25 a day. 2.)… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 paltry — [[t]pɔ͟ːltri[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n, oft a ADJ amount A paltry amount of money or something else is one that you consider to be very small. ...a paltry fine of ₤150... They suffered an electoral catastrophe, winning a paltry 3 seats. 2)… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 paltry — adjective (paltrier; est) Etymology: obsolete paltry trash, from dialect palt, pelt piece of coarse cloth, trash; akin to Middle Low German palte rag Date: 1570 1. inferior, trashy 2. mean, despicable < a paltry trick > 3 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 paltry — adjective 1 a paltry amount of something such as money is too small to be useful or important: The management offered us a paltry 3% pay increase. 2 worthless and silly: paltry excuses | her paltry little observations on Russia …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 paltry — UK [ˈpɔːltrɪ] / US [ˈpɔltrɪ] adjective Word forms paltry : adjective paltry comparative paltrier superlative paltriest 1) a paltry amount or number is very small 2) not very good, important, or valuable …

    English dictionary

  • 14 paltry — pal•try [[t]ˈpɔl tri[/t]] adj. tri•er, tri•est 1) cvb ridiculously or insultingly small: a paltry sum[/ex] 2) cvb utterly worthless: paltry clothes[/ex] 3) mean or contemptible: a paltry coward[/ex] • Etymology: 1560–70; < LG paltrig ragged… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 paltry — /ˈpɔltri / (say pawltree) adjective (paltrier, paltriest) 1. trifling; petty: a paltry sum. 2. trashy or worthless: paltry rags. 3. mean or contemptible: a paltry coward. {apparently from dialect palt rubbish. Compare Low German paltrig}… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 paltry — paltrily, adv. paltriness, n. /pawl tree/, adj., paltrier, paltriest. 1. ridiculously or insultingly small: a paltry sum. 2. utterly worthless. 3. mean or contemptible: a paltry coward. [1560 70; < LG paltrig ragged, equiv. to *palter rag ( …

    Universalium

  • 17 paltry — adjective /ˈpɔːltɹi,ˈpɑːlt(ʃ)ɹi/ a) trashy, trivial, of little value This is indeed a paltry flyer about a silly product. b) meager; worthless; pitiful; trifling She made some paltry excuse and …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 paltry — adjective 1) a paltry sum of money Syn: small, meager, trifling, insignificant, negligible, inadequate, insufficient, derisory, pitiful, pathetic, miserable, niggardly, beggarly; informal measly, piddling; formal exiguous Ant …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 paltry — See petty. See petty, paltry, trivial …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 20 paltry — adj. Paltry is used with these nouns: ↑sum …

    Collocations dictionary