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From Middle French petit, English since the late 14th century. The disparaging meaning develops during the 16th century.
- (obsolete except in set phrases) Little, small, secondary in rank or importance.
- Insignificant, trifling, or inconsiderable.
- a petty fault
- Narrow-minded, small-minded.
- See also Wikisaurus:insignificant
Little, trifling, or inconsiderable, as a petty fault