Meaning of “petty” in the English Dictionary

"petty" in British English

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uk /ˈpet.i/ us /ˈpet̬.i/ disapproving
noun [ U ] uk /ˈpet.i.nəs/ us /ˈpet̬.i.nəs/

It was the pettiness of their arguments that irritated her.

(Definition of “petty” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"petty" in American English

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us /ˈpet̬·i/

petty adjective (SMALL)

small or of little importance:

a petty thief
I don’t have time for petty matters like that.

petty adjective (SELFISH)

selfish and mean, esp. because of having too much interest in small and unimportant matters:

The women in the story are petty and hateful.
noun [ U ] us /ˈpet̬·i·nəs/

(Definition of “petty” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)