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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, William Petty Fitzmaurice Lansdowne.
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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

adj.

late 14c., "small," from phonemic spelling of Old French petit "small" (see petit). In English, not originally disparaging (cf. petty cash, 1834; petty officer, 1570s). Meaning "of small importance" is recorded from 1520s; that of "small-minded" is from 1580s. Related: Pettily; pettiness. An old name for "Northern Lights" was petty dancers.

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