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pal·try  audio  (pôltr) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
pal·tri·er, pal·tri·est
  1. Lacking in importance or worth. See Synonyms at trivial.
  2. Wretched or contemptible.

ETYMOLOGY:
Probably from obsolete and dialectal paltry, trash, perhaps from Low German paltrig, ragged, from palte, rag

OTHER FORMS:
paltri·ly(Adverb), paltri·ness(Noun)


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