Paltry is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of paltry, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - not worth considering
EXAMPLES - Paltry in a Sentence
- Mr. Matus also forecasts a "paltry" 35,000 increase. (source)
- Boston, which was once again paltry on the power play. (source)
- In view of the "paltry" reasons given for the decisions on (source)
- Small societies of excluded lepers live miserably in paltry huts. (source)
- And then, you whine and fret for what you yourself call a paltry matter! (source)
- Maybe panic over these "paltry" June numbers will scare people into making donations. (source)
- By contrast, floating-rate sales comprised a "paltry" 5% of the year's issuance in 2010. (source)
- Chief Justice Robert called the paltry current pay, quote, "a direct threat to judicial independence." (source)
- It was kind of paltry to begin with and he's already been relegated to the toilet bowl of campaign trivia. (source)
- That's slow and that's kind of paltry, but the bottom line is that's exactly what it was at the end of 2007. (source)
- Apparently Obama's fun-raising fell off dramatically in the first two weeks of this month, bringing in a "paltry" $36m. (source)
- Christ with the explosives of dispute, on the plea of such a unity as alone they can understand, namely a paltry uniformity. (source)
- The "paltry" budgetary allocation to the Justice Vote would have to be addressed if the Department was to succeed in its task. (source)
- Current rules which allow men a "paltry" two weeks of paternity leave "patronise women and marginalise men", Mr Clegg will argue. (source)
- At best, you would have been forced into some kind of paltry work just to support me -- and where would be the good of our marriage? (source)
- And for this paltry sum (paltry, that is, to a man of his means) he had wrecked his reputation, and all the possibilities of his career. (source)
- Penning, a government minister, said he would be writing to the attorney-general to investigate how such a "paltry" fine could be imposed. (source)
- And there are other significant points here, points that need making in part because coverage thus far emphasizes SEIU's "paltry" recoveries. (source)
- The first folio, by a mere blunder, reads, try _confusions_, which, because it makes a kind of paltry jest, has been copied by all the editors. (source)
- -- a man who ate brose, went with bare knees, worked like any hind, and did not dare offend his wretched relations by calling his paltry farm his own! (source)
- The money Warner receives for the use of its songs is "paltry," he said, and if the gamemakers don't pony up more cash, "we will not license to those games." (source)
- Harare - Civil servants in Zimbabwe, who earn only US$150 a month, on Wednesday rejected the government's "paltry" offer to raise salaries by a maximum of 14%. (source)
- Harare - Civil servants in Zimbabwe, who earn only $150 a month, on Wednesday rejected the government's "paltry" offer to raise salaries by a maximum of 14 percent. (source)
- The foreigners that take American jobs in the banks are willing to accept the "paltry" annual wages of $90,721, nearly twice the median income for all American households. (source)
- The NSW government has urged newsagents who are refusing to sell the new MyZone transport tickets to get on board, despite complaints about the "paltry" commission they will receive. (source)
- A month ago, informitv reported that Jeremy Hunt, the new culture secretary, described the plans of the previous government to provide a "paltry" 2Mbps universal service commitment as (source)
- BHUBANESWAR: Students of Bhima Bhoi School for the Blind locked up their classrooms protesting against sanction of 'paltry' monthly diet allowance and 'very low teacher strength' in their school. (source)
- More than 1300 shops are selling the tickets across Sydney, but some newsagents are reluctant to stock them due to the "paltry" commission paid by the government, Fairfax newspapers reported on Sunday. (source)
- Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, said that it was not practical to meet the previous government's target of universal broadband coverage by 2012 - a commitment he had previously dismissed as "paltry". (source)
- If in November of 2008 a Dynasty Democrat running against a 9/11 Republican brings the kind of paltry results seen yesterday in the Massachusetts 5th district, that will spell doom nationwide for the Democrats. (source)
- Of course, to people outside of our frothy Web economy, another word for "paltry" could be "reasonably valued"- this is a company that takes pains not to hype itself despite a revolving door of celebrities and a (source)
- Although the solidarity economy currently represents a "paltry" share of the national economy, as Tygel acknowledged, it is growing fast, despite the scant government resources dedicated to supporting its development. (source)
- Handelsinstituut and Managing Director of Federale Volksbeleggings, said that trade between South Africa and Angola, now running at a 'paltry' R5 million a year, was wide open for exploitation by South African businessmen. (source)
- The filing used the fund's own statistics to argue that it had paid out only a "paltry" amount to claimants following the biggest oil spill disaster in U.S. history, which began when a BP rig exploded and sank in April 2010. (source)
- The prestigious, peer-reviewed and respected scientific journal, Nature, published an article on the 22 April 2010, which used the very scientific term 'paltry' to describe the emission reduction pledges in the Copenhagen Accord. (source)
- I listened to Ebenezer Ato Sam aka Baby Ansaba on myjoyonline. com on 2nd February 2010 and I must say that he is an archetypal example of what gutter Accra are incensed over what they describe as paltry salaries and poor working conditions. (source)
- Businessman Denis O'Brien has criticised the European Union for its "paltry" response to the earthquake disaster in Haiti in an impassioned plea at the Davos economic summit in Switzerland for more emergency aid for the devastated Caribbean island nation. (source)
- A former businessman, who says he has worked extensively in Asia, Mr Nelson was angry the Bligh and Gillard governments were giving a "paltry" $1 million each to the flood victims' fund just weeks after $500m in foreign aid had been committed to Indonesian schools. (source)
- Haughty, proud, and uncompromising, though neither destitute of honor nor generosity, he despised and hated what he termed the paltry associations of herdsmen and shepherds, united with a few towns which subsisted chiefly by commerce; and instead of courting the Helvetian (source)
- Your lordship will be of age soon, I know -- I'm sure I'm satisfied -- but, 'added he with a malicious smile,' I rather apprehend you don't know what you undertake; I only premise that the balance of accounts between us is not what can properly be called a paltry consideration. ' (source)
- But their spending on research for safety, accident prevention and spill response is "paltry" by comparison, said Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass), who chairs the subcommittee and introduced a bill Friday that would redirect $50 million per year in oil and gas royalty payments for such technology. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 51.0, which suggests that "paltry" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 38 synonyms for paltry.
base, beggarly, cheap, common, contemptible, derisory, despicable, inconsiderable, ineffectual, insignificant, limited, low, low-down, meager, mean, measly, minor, miserable, narrow, petty, picayune, piddling, pitiful, puny, set, shabby, shoddy, sleazy, slight, small, sorry, trashy, trifling, trivial, unconsequential, unimportant, vile, wretched
We have 14 antonyms for paltry.
big, consequential, happy, important, large, plenty, rich, significant, substantial, sufficient, valuable, wealthy, worthwhile, worthy
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of paltry from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Lacking in importance or worth. See Synonyms at trivial.
- (adjective) Wretched or contemptible.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) trashy, trivial, of little value
- (adjective) meager; worthless; pitiful; trifling
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Mean; vile; worthless; despicable; contemptible; pitiful; trifling
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Mean; worthless; despicable: as, a paltry trifle; often in a mitigated sense, of little value of consequence.
- (None) Synonyms Despicable, Pitiful, etc. (see contemptible), insignificant, petty, miserable, wretched, trifling, trivial.
- (noun) A wretched, worthless trifle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) not worth considering
- (adjective) contemptibly small in amount