pal-try / pôl-trē
1. worthless; petty; trivial; inconsequential
When I first tried to write, I had nothing to write about except a few paltry experiences which I neither understood nor appreciated.
From “Martin Eden” by Jack London, 1876 – 1916
2. extremely small in amount; negligible; inadequate
If a man borrows a paltry sum of money, there must needs be bonds and securities, and every common civility is presently charged upon account.
Seneca the Younger, 4 BC – 65 AD
3. despicable; mean; contemptible
You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry; for whatever a man’s actions are, such must be his spirit.
Demosthenes, 384 BC – 322 BC