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petty (ˈpɛtɪ)
 
adj , -tier, -tiest
1.  trivial; trifling; inessential: petty details
2.  of a narrow-minded, mean, or small-natured disposition or character: petty spite
3.  minor or subordinate in rank: petty officialdom
4.  law of lesser importance
 
[C14: from Old French petit]
 
'pettily
 
adv
 
'pettiness
 
n

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petty
1393, "small," from O.Fr. petit "small" (see petit). In Eng., not originally disparaging (cf. petty cash, 1834, petty officer, 1577). Meaning "of small importance" is recorded from 1523; that of "small-minded" is from 1581. An old name for "Northern Lights" was petty dancers.
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