from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Of little value or importance; paltry. synonym: trivial.
- adjective Petty; small-minded.
- noun A Spanish-American half-real piece formerly used in parts of the southern United States.
- noun A five-cent piece.
- noun Something of very little value; a trifle.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Formerly, in Florida, Louisiana, and adjacent regions, the Spanish half-real, equal to 1⅙ of a dollar, or 6¼ cents; now, the five-cent piece or any similar small coin.
- Small; petty; of little value or account: as, picayune politics.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Local, U.S. A small coin of the value of six and a quarter cents. See
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
Petty, trivial; of little consequence; small and of little importance; picayunish;
- adjective something not worth arguing about.
- adjective an
argument, fact, corner case, or other issue raised (often intentionally) that distracts from a larger issue at hand or does not change a primary supposition, outcome, postulate, premise, conclusion, hypothesis, judgmentor recommendation;
- adjective small-minded: being childishly
spiteful, tending to go on about unimportant things.
- noun US, archaic A small coin of the value of six and a quarter cents; a
- noun A five-cent piece.
- noun Something of very little value; a trifle: not worth a picayune.
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- adjective (informal) small and of little importance
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
A picayune was the smallest coin the richly appareled madame or the poor market negro could put in the collection box as she paused on her way at the
A picayune was the price of a small sheet in my time.
Yet in a move that can only be described as picayune and small-minded, a program designed to make the House cafeteria greener has been eliminated.
It seems kind of picayune in the grand context of the stimulus effort.
That's how bad the Times' "picayune" coverage has been...that no one, and I mean no one, cares enough to show up for the only televised debate of the campaign.
First of all, Wayne Garcia is part of the same coverage he describe as "picayune" in the rest of the article.
However, the "picayune" promises are the types of promises made by most people.
And frankly, maybe we can come up with something better than the Shroud, which looks kind of picayune in its new company.
- Ron Wilson had a bone to pick with a "picayune" call by the officials late in Thursday night's 3-2 overtime loss to Tampa Bay.
Connick also made fun of Davis 'use of music terminology like "picayune" and "strident" and his reference to songs as "copyrights."