follow Dictionary.com

Is Tuesday named for a one-handed god?

paltry

[pawl-tree] /ˈpɔl tri/
adjective, paltrier, paltriest.
1.
ridiculously or insultingly small:
a paltry sum.
2.
utterly worthless.
3.
mean or contemptible:
a paltry coward.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Low German paltrig ragged, equivalent to *palter rag (dialectal German Palter) + -ig -y1
Related forms
paltrily, adverb
paltriness, noun
unpaltry, adjective
Can be confused
paltry, poultry.
Synonyms
1. minor, inconsiderable, slight, insignificant. See petty.
Antonyms
1. important, major.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for un paltry

paltry

/ˈpɔːltrɪ/
adjective -trier, -triest
1.
insignificant; meagre
2.
worthless or petty
Derived Forms
paltrily, adverb
paltriness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Low Germanic palter, paltrig ragged
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for un paltry

paltry

adj.

1560s, probably an adjectival use of noun paltry "worthless thing" (1550s), associated with dialectal palt, pelt "trash," cognate with Middle Low German and East Frisian palte "rag," Middle Dutch palt "broken or torn fragment." Cf. Low German paltrig "rubbishy," East Frisian palterig "ragged, torn."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for paltry

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for un

2
4
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for un paltry