This is clearly not a boast; it seems, rather, a shamed admission of petty, callow cruelty.
Every petty little hiccup that beset its launch was magnified as an index of its chronic malfunction.
This is no place for petty gripes, disagreements, and competitions.
The dispute may seem a petty one but it is nothing of the kind.
He pointed to “parts of the press” and “potentially the police” and chided any “petty political point scoring.”
What if any of them should be drowned, and he, to vent a petty spite, had given no warning?
Now that he was gone there would be nothing but quarrels and petty jealousies.
From petty tyrants they had been degraded to mere quill-drivers.
One of the mates, and two of the petty officers, could speak a little English.
"Congdon," replied the doctor, naming one of the petty officers.
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.