from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A meager monetary allowance, wage, or remuneration.
- n. A very small amount: not a pittance of remorse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small allowance of food and drink; a scanty meal.
- n. A meagre allowance of money or wages.
- n. A small amount.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An allowance of food bestowed in charity; a mess of victuals; hence, a small charity gift; a dole.
- n. A meager portion, quantity, or allowance; an inconsiderable salary or compensation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An allowance or dole of food and drink; hence, any very small portion or allowance assigned or given, whether of food or money; allowance; provision; dole.
- n. An allowance of food or money bestowed in charity; a small charitable gift or payment.
- n. A small portion or quantity; a morsel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an inadequate payment
As he's presently unemployed, my pittance is helping keep food on the table.
The Overland, having in fact infinitely more prestige than cash, promised the 23-year-old author $5 for his story but delayed payment so insistently that London had to storm the office and almost literally shake the pittance from the trousers of the magazine's editor.
Or should be grateful for whatever pittance is tossed their general direction despite the fact no other industry "expects" this.
I don´t even want to consider what that 600 sf apartment on Russian Hill we sold for a pittance is worth today.
Does anyone else recall those wonderful pit boots you could aquire for a pittance from the miners stores during the ‘troubles’ of the 80’s?
The fact the allotment for transit has historically been a pittance is a matter of political ineptitude and ideology.
And what is worse than all, the pittance, which is rightly theirs, comes to them often in a way which, to say the least, is suggestive of charity given and received.
English officer with his miserable pittance, which is totally inadequate to his rank and station!
Then, I can't wear them, if I should take them; so they can be of no use to me: And I trust I shall not want the poor pittance, that is all I desire to keep life and soul together.
You call the pittance they were given to stay alive (compared to what was given to Wall Street) an "exorbitant amount of money".