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paltry

adjective
 
 
/ˈpɔːltri/
disapproving used to describe an amount of money that is very small: The savers were getting a paltry 0.1% interest regardless of the balance in their accounts.a paltry amount/sum/figure Midwives are paid paltry sums to do truly demanding jobs.a paltry payment/salary/return Miners' families get by on paltry salaries, and from time to time lose their loved ones in accidents. Ms. Page said the settlement from the state is paltry.
of low quality: The research in this area has been paltry and weak.
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