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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pet·ty /ˈpɛti/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pet·ty a. [Compar. Pettier superl. Pettiest.]  Little; trifling; inconsiderable; unimportant; also, inferior; subordinate; as, a petty fault; petty complaints; a petty prince.
 Like a petty god
 I walked about, admired of all.   --Milton.
 Petty averages. See under Average.
 Petty cash, money expended or received in small items or amounts.
 Petty officer, a subofficer in the navy, as a gunner, etc., corresponding to a noncommissionned officer in the army.
 Note:For petty constable, petty jury, petty larceny, petty treason, See Petit.
 Syn: -- Little; diminutive; inconsiderable; inferior; trifling; trivial; unimportant; frivolous.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly
             corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate
             functionary" [syn: junior-grade, inferior, lower,
              lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a), secondary, subaltern,
      2: (informal terms) small and of little importance; "a fiddling
         sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are
         lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at
         war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "Mickey Mouse
         regulations"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited
         to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a
         police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it
         seems to be a picayune infraction" [syn: fiddling, footling,
          lilliputian, little, Mickey Mouse, niggling, piddling,
          piffling, picayune, trivial]
      3: contemptibly narrow in outlook; "petty little comments";
         "disgusted with their small-minded pettiness" [syn: small-minded]
      [also: pettiest, pettier]