Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. superlative form of paltry: most paltry.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • Arizona State finished with 4 yards rushing on 19 carries - its paltriest rushing total since the Sun Devils netted minus-2 against California on Nov. 9, 2002.

    USATODAY.com

  • McCain is currently and consistently lying to win this election and if he succeeds, the nation as a whole will pay the price because his vice president doesn't meet even the paltriest of standards for assuming the office.

    Chez Pazienza: The Court v. Public Opinion

  • Last year produced one of the paltriest snowfalls in decades -- just 40% of usual levels.

    Tahoe's Next Gamble

  • My whole life was lighted up by love, the whole of it, down to the paltriest details, like a dark, deserted room when a light has been brought into it.

    The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories

  • Those of them who were a little stronger and better off could be no help, as they were themselves coarse, dishonest, drunken, and abused one another just as revoltingly; the paltriest little clerk or official treated the peasants as though they were tramps, and addressed even the village elders and church wardens as inferiors, and considered they had a right to do so.

    The Witch, and other stories

  • They represent the paltriest prizes. in the lottery that no

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • I told him he was the paltriest commonplace fool without the trace of an idea.

    A Raw Youth

  • He kept as much as possible to dialogue; the space is filled so much more quickly, and at a pinch one can make people talk about the paltriest incidents of life.

    New Grub Street

  • "Eikon Basilike" yesterday; one of the paltriest pieces of vapid, shovel-hatted, clear-starched, immaculate falsity and cant I have ever read.

    Characters from 17th Century Histories and Chronicles

  • Their patriotism was so pronounced and aggressive that they literally spat at the soldiers, and assured them that no money of theirs would ever suffice to purchase the paltriest flag they carried.

    With the Guards' Brigade from Bloemfontein to Koomati Poort and Back

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.