Examples of petty behavior

  1. Refusing to acknowledge someone’s presence or ignoring them as a form of revenge.
  2. Making passive-aggressive comments or giving backhanded compliments.
  3. Exaggerating minor mistakes or errors made by others to make them appear worse than they are.
  4. Seeking revenge for small slights or perceived wrongs, rather than attempting to resolve the issue constructively.
  5. Refusing to help or lend a hand to others, even when it’s a small request or task.
  6. Taking something personally that was not intended as an insult or attack.
  7. Spreading rumors or gossip about someone to tarnish their reputation or image.
  8. Competing over trivial things, such as who has the better phone or car, in an attempt to one-up each other.
  9. Holding grudges over minor incidents or mistakes, rather than forgiving and moving on.
  10. Criticizing someone’s appearance, clothing, or personal choices, rather than focusing on their character or actions.

Definition of Petty according to dictionary.com

  • of little or no importance or consequence: petty grievances.
  • of lesser or secondary importance, merit, etc.; minor: petty considerations.
  • having or showing narrow ideas, interests, etc.: petty minds.
  • mean or ungenerous in small or trifling things: a petty person.
  • showing or caused by meanness of spirit: a petty revenge.
  • of secondary rank, especially in relation to others of the same class or kind: petty states; a petty tyrant.

Top ten synonyms for “petty”…

  1. piddling
  2. piffling
  3. lowly
  4. small
  5. small-minded
  6. inferior
  7. footling
  8. niggling
  9. narrow-minded
  10. little
  11. trivial
  12. lilliputian
  13. narrow
  14. fiddling
  15. unimportant
  16. subordinate
  17. junior
  18. Lower
  19. secondary
  20. subaltern
  21. picayune
  22. junior-grade
  23. lower-ranking
  24. trifling
  25. childish
  26. vindictive
  27. spiteful
  28. selfish
  29. puerile
  30. petulant
  31. venal
  32. silly
  33. egotistical
  34. hypocritical
  35. squabbles
  36. contemptibly
  37. vindictive
  38. pettifoggery
  39. frivolous
  40. crass
  41. pompous
  42. boorish
  43. stupid
  44. idiotic
  45. pathetic
  46. inconsequential
  47. inane
  48. bickering
  49. ridiculous
  50. triviality
  51. pointless
  52. insignificant
  53. vexatious
  54. ignoble
  55. arrogant
  56. parochial
  57. vile
  58. vulgar
  59. mundane
  60. thoughtless
  61. piss ant
  62. ego-maniacal
  63. banal
  64. piddly
  65. obnoxious
  66. dishonest
  67. heartless
  68. menial
  69. foolish
  70. greedy
  71. vicious
  72. hypocritical
  73. cruel
  74. despicable
  75. avaricious
  76. moronic
  77. egoistical
  78. egocentric
  79. snide
  80. truculent
  81. flippant
  82. peevish
  83. superficial
  84. churlish
  85. unseemly
  86. egregious
  87. nitpicky
  88. tyrannical
  89. murderous
  90. puny
  91. uncouth
  92. bigoted
  93. self-righteous
  94. extortionary
  95. partisan
  96. sordid
  97. irksome
  98. rude
  99. grandstanding
  100. tawdry
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