pal·try a. [Compar. Paltrier superl. Paltriest.] Mean; vile; worthless; despicable; contemptible; pitiful; trifling; as, a paltry excuse; paltry gold.
The paltry prize is hardly worth the cost. --Byron.
Syn: -- See Contemptible.
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]