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.
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".
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