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



BrE BrE//ˌpɪkəˈjuːn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɪkəˈjuːn//
(North American English, informal)
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of little value or importance synonym petty (1) I don't want to bore you with the picayune details of my life. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from French picaillon, denoting a Piedmontese copper coin, also used to mean ‘cash’, from Provençal picaioun, of unknown ultimate origin.