The most trivial, paltry
, insignificant part; the merest commonplace; not a tolerable speech in the whole.
They are mean and paltry
as warriors, and altogether inferior in heroic qualities to the savages of the buffalo plains on the east side of the mountains.
Behind them, you caught glimpses of the other boats, and bits of the surrounding scenery; but everything and everybody else in the lock looked so utterly insignificant and paltry
compared with our feet, that all the other people felt quite ashamed of themselves, and refused to subscribe to the picture.
So insignificant at that moment seemed to him all the interests that engrossed Napoleon, so mean did his hero himself with his paltry
vanity and joy in victory appear, compared to the lofty, equitable, and kindly sky which he had seen and understood, that he could not answer him.
There's not a more paltry
fellow in Middlemarch than Bowyer," said Ladislaw, indignantly, "but it seems as if the paltry
fellows were always to turn the scale.
It is not I that am cruel, but you," he returned, "for you permit a paltry
sum of money to stand between your baby and immunity from suffering.
When I first tried to write, I had nothing to write about except a few paltry experiences which I neither understood nor appreciated.
I'd never get beyond a clerkship, and how could you and I be happy on the paltry earnings of a clerk?
I felt that any further disclosure would be a paltry
anti-climax, and with an unconscious regard for dramatic effect turned squarely about and walked away.
revenge which that false friend had unhesitatingly suspected him of taking was a revenge of which Arnold's nature was simply incapable.
To think that the freedom of Mexico should stand or fall on a few paltry
thousands of dollars," said Paulino Vera.
And who has not seen the tragedy of imprudent genius struggling for years with paltry
pecuniary difficulties, at last sinking, chilled, exhausted and fruitless, like a giant slaughtered by pins?
Many exquisite viands might be rejected by the epicure, if it was a sufficient cause for his contemning of them as common and vulgar, that something was to be found in the most paltry
alleys under the same name.
These, in the days of their abundance, ever regarded gold as dross, and have not yet got over that only impediment in the way of their amassing wealth, but they want no dross from Nicodemus Boffin, Esquire; No, Mr Boffin; the world may term it pride, paltry
pride if you will, but they wouldn't take it if you offered it; a loan, sir--for fourteen weeks to the day, interest calculated at the rate of five per cent per annum, to be bestowed upon any charitable institution you may name--is all they want of you, and if you have the meanness to refuse it, count on being despised by these great spirits.
I knowed it ud' turn again' you to look at such paltry
articles as I carry.