petty

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English pety, from Old French peti, petit. Doublet of petit. The disparaging meaning developed over the 16th century.

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petty (comparative pettier or more petty, superlative pettiest or most petty)

  1. (obsolete except in set phrases) Little, small, secondary in rank or importance.
    petty officer, petty cash
    • 1671, John Milton, Samson Agonistes:
      Like a petty god I walked about, admired of all.
  2. Insignificant, trifling, or inconsiderable.
    a petty fault
    • 2018 February, Robert Draper, “They are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet: Technology and Our Increasing Demand for Security have Put Us All under Surveillance. Is Privacy Becoming just a Memory?”, in National Geographic[1], Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, ISSN 0027-9358, OCLC 1049714034, archived from the original on 14 June 2018:
      Later today in Finsbury Park, the cameras would spend hours panning across 35,000 festivalgoers in search of pickpockets, drunken brawlers, and other assorted agents of petty mischief.
  3. Narrow-minded, small-minded.
  4. Begrudging in nature, especially over insignificant matters.
    That corporation is only slightly pettier than they are greedy, and they are overdue to reap the consequences.

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petty (plural petties)

  1. (usually in the plural, obsolete) A little schoolboy, either in grade or size.
  2. (historical) A class or school for young schoolboys.
  3. (dialect, euphemistic) An outhouse: an outbuilding used as a lavatory.

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petty (plural pettyek)

  1. dot, spot, fleck, speck
    Synonyms: folt, pont, paca, pecsét, csepp, szeplő (on the face)

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Inflection (stem in -e-, front unrounded harmony)
singular plural
nominative petty pettyek
accusative pettyet pettyeket
dative pettynek pettyeknek
instrumental pettyel pettyekkel
causal-final pettyért pettyekért
translative pettyé pettyekké
terminative pettyig pettyekig
essive-formal pettyként pettyekként
essive-modal
inessive pettyben pettyekben
superessive pettyen pettyeken
adessive pettynél pettyeknél
illative pettybe pettyekbe
sublative pettyre pettyekre
allative pettyhez pettyekhez
elative pettyből pettyekből
delative pettyről pettyekről
ablative pettytől pettyektől
non-attributive
possessive - singular
pettyé pettyeké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
pettyéi pettyekéi
Possessive forms of petty
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. pettyem pettyeim
2nd person sing. pettyed pettyeid
3rd person sing. pettye pettyei
1st person plural pettyünk pettyeink
2nd person plural pettyetek pettyeitek
3rd person plural pettyük pettyeik

Further reading[edit]

  • petty in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh: A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962.