Yes, women make up 45% of the Swedish parliament compared to a paltry 18% in the U.S Congress.
In his first season as owner of the San Diego Clippers, the team drew a paltry 4,344 fans a game.
Also shown are the (paltry) sums spent by each organization on candidates and campaigns.
In all these elections, it was the suburbs—not paltry gains in the cities—that made the difference.
They would subcontract the work to Afghans for paltry amounts and pocket the difference.
The glare of the conflagration showed the Orangists by how paltry a force they had been surprised.
What's that paltry hundred or two, compared with the millions I shall make?
You've got to swallow it because Uncle Dorgeroux's fame must be made to soar above all these paltry trifles.
The poor thing's vengeance was theatrical and paltry, but what of the man, wherever he was?
Old Heriot looks too close into business to permit me more than the paltry and ordinary dues.
1560s, probably an adjectival use of noun paltry "worthless thing" (1550s), associated with dialectal palt, pelt "trash," cognate with Middle Low German and East Frisian palte "rag," Middle Dutch palt "broken or torn fragment." Cf. Low German paltrig "rubbishy," East Frisian palterig "ragged, torn."