Paltriest
paltry pal"try (p[add]l"tr[y^]), a. [Compar. {Paltrier} (p[add]l"tr[i^]*[~e]r); superl. {Paltriest}.] [Cf. Prov. E. paltry refuse, rubbish, LG. palterig ragged, palte, palter, a rag, a tatter, Dan. pialt, Sw. palta, pl. paltor.] Mean; vile; worthless; despicable; contemptible; pitiful; trifling; as, a paltry excuse; paltry gold. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

The paltry prize is hardly worth the cost. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Contemptible}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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