petty Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"petty" in British English

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pettyadjective

uk   /ˈpet.i/  us   /ˈpet̬-/ disapproving
C2 [before noun] not ​important and not ​worth giving ​attention to: Prisoners ​complain that they are ​subjected to too many petty ​rules and ​restrictions. [after noun] complaining too much about things that are not ​important: Don't be so petty!
pettiness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
It was the pettiness of ​theirarguments 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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pettyadjective

 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 ​unimportantmatters: The women in the ​story are petty and ​hateful.
pettiness
noun [U]  us   /ˈpet̬·i·nəs/
(Definition of petty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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