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Meaning of PALTRY

Pronunciation:  'poltree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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"
  2. [adj]  not worth considering; "he considered the prize too paltry for the lives it must cost"; "piffling efforts"; "a trifling matter"

PALTRY is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: meager, meagerly, meagre, measly, miserable, negligible, trifling, worthless



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pal"try\, a. [Compar. {Paltrier}; superl. {Paltriest}.]
[Cf. Prov. E. paltry refuse, rubbish, LG. paltering ragged,
palte, palter, a rag, a tatter, Dan. pialt, Sw. palta, pl.
Mean; vile; worthless; despicable; contemptible; pitiful;
trifling; as, a paltry excuse; paltry gold. --Cowper.

      The paltry prize is hardly worth the cost. --Byron.

Syn: See {Contemptible}.

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