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Meaning of “paltry” in the English Dictionary

"paltry" in British English

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paltryadjective

uk   /ˈpɔːl.tri/  us   /ˈpɑːl-/
(of an ​amount of ​money) very ​small and of little or no ​value: Student ​grants these ​days are paltry. The ​companyoffered Frazer a paltry sum, which he ​refused. of little ​quality or ​value: She made some paltry excuse and ​left.
(Definition of paltry from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"paltry" in American English

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paltryadjective

 us   /ˈpɔl·tri/
less than ​expected or ​needed; too ​small or ​slight: I don’t ​think my paltry ​studentgrants are enough for us to ​live on.
(Definition of paltry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"paltry" in Business English

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paltryadjective

uk   us   /ˈpɔːltri/
disapproving used to describe an ​amount of ​money that is very ​small: The ​savers were getting a paltry 0.1% ​interest regardless of the ​balance in their ​accounts.a paltry amount/sum/figure Midwives are ​paid paltry ​sums to do truly ​demandingjobs.a paltry payment/salary/return Miners' families get by on paltry ​salaries, and from ​time to ​timelose their loved ones in accidents. Ms. Page said the ​settlement from the ​state is paltry.
of ​lowquality: The ​research in this ​area has been paltry and ​weak.
(Definition of paltry from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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