Associations to the word «picayune»


PICAYUNE, adjective. Petty, trivial; of little consequence; small and of little importance; picayunish;
PICAYUNE, adjective. Small-minded: being childishly spiteful, tending to go on about unimportant things.
PICAYUNE, noun. (US) (especially Louisiana) (archaic) A small coin of the value of six and a quarter cents; a fippenny bit.
PICAYUNE, noun. (archaic) A five-cent piece.
PICAYUNE, noun. Something of very little value; a trifle.
PICAYUNE, noun. 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, judgment or recommendation.

Dictionary definition

PICAYUNE, adjective. (informal) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction".

Wise words

We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.
Florence Scovel Shinn