Usage examples for paltry

  1. In the proposed interview he would have cut Lee short in his paltry jargon, and pressed upon him the real facts in the case. – The Siege of Boston by Allen French
  2. We sink beneath their paltry sway- The irksome calls of every day. – Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul by Various
  3. It was a degenerate and paltry one, to which she felt the very stranger to whom they were willing to sell her would never have stooped. – By Right of Purchase by Harold Bindloss
  4. " Then I don't see why I should bring it for a paltry five shillings," said Taylor. – The Hampstead Mystery by John R. Watson
  5. The days we live in are insignificant; the chronicle of our paltry doings will be skipped by future readers of the country's history. – Thelma by Marie Corelli
  6. Pray pardon me," he said, " but the attack was so violent, the blow so savage, the weapon must have been so keen, that it is almost impossible to connect it with a mere attempt to commit a paltry robbery. – A Bachelor's Dream by Mrs. Hungerford
  7. But the stern fact remained that she needed the money, even the paltry fifty dollars a month, as she had never needed anything in life. – One Woman's Life by Robert Herrick
  8. He was no longer to be limited to a paltry allowance of twenty thousand francs! – Baron Trigault's Vengeance Volume 2 (of 2) by Emile Gaboriau
  9. But he whose blood flows through his body like fluid fire, whose yearning spurts from his eyes, to whom the problems of life exist for seeing and knowing, not for paltry criticism, he who- but I mustn't talk to you about that, though I should very much like to. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  10. And two ships despatched upon a paltry job of that sort! – Springhaven A Tale of the Great War by R. D. Blackmore
  11. His plans were all annihilated by a paltry bit of paper, on which was printed " Bertha von Massenburg, Hugo von Wangen, betrothed." – Quicksands by Adolph Streckfuss
  12. And in any case he seemed, when the big men seized hold of him, such a paltry and miserable thing. – The Hohenzollerns in America With the Bolsheviks in Berlin and other impossibilities by Stephen Leacock
  13. The little things which then meant so much now seem so paltry the things he hardly noticed now loom big. – Men, Women and Guns by H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile
  14. No, really, I don't think she cared much about it; but I had to give her something, because she had sent me something the year before, and I did not want to send a paltry present to one in her circumstances. – The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  15. On expressing my surprise at the gift, he said: " They're paltry enough to you or me, Ralph, but they're considered of great value by them chaps. – The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne
  16. It would be too paltry – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  17. For all that, when the sickly little fellow Jack was old enough for school, the few pence requisite for sending him there were squeezed out of the poor father's weekly pittance, and when the boy's own paltry earnings in the fields began to come in, merely a few pence a week, he was sent to an evening school, the master of which allowed him the run of his little library, a privilege of which John enthusiastically and gratefully availed himself. – Curiosities of Impecuniosity by H. G. Somerville
  18. And yet- you only need a paltry fifty thousand dollars!" – The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne
  19. In proof of this, I saw them, as managers, give place to paltry third- rate actors from London, who would immediately draw crowded houses, and be overwhelmed with applause. – Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope