Definition of pettiness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pettiness

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈpetinəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpetinəs//
 
[uncountable](usually disapproving)
 
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the quality of caring too much about small and unimportant matters, especially when this is unkind to other people synonym small-mindedness the sheer pettiness of the officials