petty Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “petty” - English Dictionary

Definition of "petty" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

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)

Definition of "petty" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of petty?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
faith school

a school that is financially supported by a particular religious group, usually for children from that religion

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More