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

uk   /ˈpet.i/  us   /ˈpet̬.i/ disapproving
pettiness
noun [U] uk   /ˈpet.i.nəs/  us   /ˈpet̬.i.nəs/
It was the pettiness of their arguments that irritated her.
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