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Petty

[pet-ee] /ˈpɛt i/
noun
1.
Richard, born 1937, U.S. racing-car driver.
2.
William, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, 1st Marquis of Lansdowne, Lansdowne, 1st Marquis of.
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British Dictionary definitions for petty, 1st marquis lansdowne

petty

/ˈpɛtɪ/
adjective -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
Derived Forms
pettily, adverb
pettiness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French petit
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Word Origin and History for petty, 1st marquis lansdowne
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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