EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PALTRINESS
It is sad that Shakespeare should be credited with the paltriness of lesser men.
And Anna had been hurt, had been made miserable, by the paltriness of this fib.
How do I know that he will not despise my meanness and paltriness?
The very shabbiness and paltriness of the fib made Anna's heart yearn over the poor lady.
But his Prussian Majesty would not kindle the world for such a paltriness; and so left it hanging in a vexatious condition.
Most of the successful politicians nowadays win not by their own greatness but by the paltriness of the rest.
The mail was very late this time: hence the paltriness of this note.
Meanness, pettiness, paltriness seem to shrink away abashed at the sight of that radiant purity.
The opportunity of contrasting the paltriness of earth with the sublimity and reality of the unseen was too great to be resisted.
A man, with all the grime and paltriness of mankind, but a saint and hero all the more for that.
1560s, probably an adjectival use of noun paltry "worthless thing" (1550s), associated with dialectal palt, pelt "trash," cognate with Middle Low German and East Frisian palte "rag," Middle Dutch palt "broken or torn fragment." Cf. Low German paltrig "rubbishy," East Frisian palterig "ragged, torn."