petty
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petty(
peh
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di
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (trivial)
a. insignificante
I'm not interested in all the petty squabbles and jealousies of my office colleagues.No me interesan las riñas ni los celos insignificantes de mis colegas de trabajo.
b. nimio
My job is hampered by hundreds of petty rules about tidiness and punctuality.En mi trabajo hay un sinfín de reglas nimias sobre el orden y la puntualidad que no hacen más que estorbar.
2. (small-minded)
a. mezquino
Don't you think it's rather petty not wanting her to go to the party just because you can't go yourself?Es un poco mezquino de tu parte que no quieras que vaya a la fiesta simplemente porque no puedes ir tú, ¿no crees?
3. (legal)
a. menor
The court spends a lot of time dealing with petty offenses like non-payment of parking tickets.El tribunal dedica mucho tiempo a infracciones menores como el impago de multas por estacionamiento indebido.
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petty
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (insignificant)
a. insignificante
petty cashcaja para gastos menores
petty crimedelitos menores
2. (law)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a.
petty larcenydelito de robo por un valor inferior a los 500 dólares
3. (nautical)
a.
petty officersuboficial de marina
4. (small-minded)
a. mezquino(a)
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petty [ˈpetɪ]
adjective
pettier (comparative)pettiest (superlative)
1 (trivial) [+detail] insignificante; nimio; [+squabble, rivalry, concerns] pequeño; trivial
The directors, with their petty concerns about pensions and auto insurance
2 (minor) [+offence] menor
he's been in and out of prison for petty offences
3 (small-minded, spiteful) mezquino
you're being very petty about it te estás portando de manera muy mezquina
modifier
petty cash (n) dinero (m) para gastos menores; caja (f) chica (informal)
petty cash book (n) libro (m) de caja auxiliar
petty crime (n) delito (m) menor
a life of petty crime the increase in petty crime
petty larceny (n) robo (m) de menor cuantía
petty officer (n) suboficial (m) de marina
petty sessions (n) tribunal (m) de primera instancia
petty theft (n) robo (m) de poca monta
petty thief (n) ladrónonaladrona (m) (f) de poca monta;ona ladrona
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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Phrases with "petty"
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petty-minded
mezquino, oficioso
be petty
ser mezquino, ser insignificante
petty tyrant
el cacique
petty officer
el/la suboficial de marina
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