Definition of paltry adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɔːltri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːltri//
    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1(of an amount) too small to be considered as important or useful synonym meagre This account offers a paltry 1% return on your investment. a paltry sum They worked long hours for paltry wages.
  2. 2having no value or useful qualities a paltry gesture
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: apparently based on dialect pelt ‘rubbish, especially rags’; compare with Low German paltrig ‘ragged’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: paltry