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[pen-ee-an-tee] /ˈpɛn iˈæn ti/

adjective, Informal.
involving a trifling sum of money; small in amount:
a penny-ante investment.
inconsiderable; minor; small-time.
Cards. a game of poker in which the ante or basic bet is one cent.
Informal. any business arrangement or transaction involving a trifling or paltry sum of money.

“cheap, trivial,” 1935; extended from use in reference to poker played for insignificant stakes (1855), from penny + ante.


: I despised his penny-ante ideas

noun phrase

A trivial transaction; a cheap offer, arrangement, etc (1935+)

[fr the minimal ante required in a cheap poker game]


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