AskDefine | Define paltry

Dictionary Definition

paltry adj
1 not worth considering; "he considered the prize too paltry for the lives it must cost"; "piffling efforts"; "a trifling matter" [syn: negligible, trifling]
2 contemptibly small in amount; "a measly tip"; "the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief"; "a paltry wage"; "almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans" [syn: measly, miserable] [also: paltriest, paltrier]

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Pronunciation

  • /ˈpɔːltɻi/ (BrE)
  • [ˈpɑːlt(ʃ)ɹi] (GA)

Adjective

paltry (: paltrier, : paltriest)
  1. trashy, trivial, of little value
    This is indeed a paltry flyer about a silly product.
    She made some paltry excuse and left.
  2. meager; worthless; pitiful; trifling
    Could someone hope to survive on such a paltry income?
    Student grants these days are paltry, and many students have to take out loans.

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