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Duncan dismissed this paltry consideration with a princely gesture.

What's that paltry hundred or two, compared with the millions I shall make?

Lugging a fellow up for a pitiful, paltry sum of twenty pounds!

The poor thing's vengeance was theatrical and paltry, but what of the man, wherever he was?

It was a paltry consolation, perhaps, but it was the best that then occurred to me.

You, the Judas who has sold my father to the Cardinal for a paltry share in our estates.

"You are a paltry coward, Cosimo, when all is said," I shouted.

So paltry that the justices at Truro would not move against me.

Compared with amounts like this, what were the paltry sums he had been used to handle?

My lady was right in refusing to honor such a paltry scoundrel with her hand.

WORD ORIGIN

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."

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