picayune [pik-ee-yoon, pik-uh-] /ˌpɪk iˈyun, ˌpɪk ə-/ Show IPA
, Also, picayunish, Informal.
of little value or account; small; trifling:
a picayune amount.
petty, carping, or prejudiced:
I didn't want to seem picayune by criticizing.
(formerly, in Louisiana, Florida, etc.) a coin equal to half a Spanish real.
any small coin, as a five-cent piece.
Informal. an insignificant person or thing.
1780–90; < Provençal picaioun small copper coin (compare French picaillons), derivative of an onomatopoetic base *pikk- beat, here referring to the coining of coppers
1. trivial, insignificant. 2. narrow-minded.