The administration enthusiastically traded winning the future for a picayune present gain.
But his evaluation admitted that portions at the restaurant were “picayune, and desserts are something of a question mark.”
To see just how picayune the debate got, take a look at the opinions.
1804, "coin of small value," probably from Louisiana French picaillon "coin worth 5 cents," earlier the French name of an old copper coin of Savoy (1750), from Provençal picaioun "small copper coin," from picaio "money," of uncertain origin. Adjectival figurative sense of "paltry, mean" recorded from 1813.