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.
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."