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Definitions of paltry

  1. Mean; vile; worthless; despicable; contemptible; pitiful; trifling; as, a paltry excuse; paltry gold. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Paltriness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. Worthless; contemptible; pitiful; small; as, a paitry gift to charity. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Mean: vile: worthless. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. Trifling; mean; contemptible. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. Trifling; worthless. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Sorry; mean; worthless; contemptible. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for paltry

  1. " Then I don't see why I should bring it for a paltry five shillings," said Taylor. – The Hampstead Mystery by John R. Watson
  2. No, really, I don't think she cared much about it; but I had to give her something, because she had sent me something the year before, and I did not want to send a paltry present to one in her circumstances. – The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings by Harriet Beecher Stowe
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