Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “petty”

petty

adjective     /ˈpeti/
UNIMPORTANT [always before noun] unimportant or not serious: petty details petty crime Of little or less importance
COMPLAINING [never before noun] complaining too much about unimportant things: You can be so petty sometimes!Complaining
(Definition of petty adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definitions of “petty” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

friendship

a situation in which two people are friends

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More