pal-trier

paltry

[pawl-tree]
adjective, paltrier, paltriest.
1.
ridiculously or insultingly small: a paltry sum.
2.
utterly worthless.
3.
mean or contemptible: a paltry coward.

Origin:
1560–70; < Low German paltrig ragged, equivalent to *palter rag (dialectal German Palter) + -ig -y1

paltrily, adverb
paltriness, noun
unpaltry, adjective

paltry, poultry.


1. minor, inconsiderable, slight, insignificant. See petty.


1. important, major.
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paltry (ˈpɔːltrɪ)
 
adj , -trier, -triest
1.  insignificant; meagre
2.  worthless or petty
 
[C16: from Low Germanic palter, paltrig ragged]
 
'paltrily
 
adv
 
'paltriness
 
n

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paltry
1570, probably adj. use of noun paltry "worthless thing" (1556), associated with dial. palt, pelt "trash," cognate with M.L.G. and E.Fris. palte "rag," M.Du. palt "broken or torn fragment." Cf. Low Ger. paltrig "rubbishy," E.Fris. palterig "ragged, torn."
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