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[pik-ee-yoon, pik-uh-] /ˌpɪk iˈyun, ˌpɪk ə-/

adjective, Also, picayunish, Informal.
of little value or account; small; trifling:
a picayune amount.
petty, carping, or prejudiced:
I didn’t want to seem picayune by criticizing.
(formerly, in Louisiana, Florida, etc.) a coin equal to half a Spanish real.
any small coin, as a five-cent piece.
Informal. an insignificant person or thing.
adjective (US & Canadian, informal)
of small value or importance
mean; petty
the half real, an old Spanish-American coin
(US) any coin of little value, esp a five-cent piece

1804, “coin of small value,” probably from Louisiana French picaillon “coin worth 5 cents,” earlier the French name of an old copper coin of Savoy (1750), from Provençal picaioun “small copper coin,” from picaio “money,” of uncertain origin. Adjectival figurative sense of “paltry, mean” recorded from 1813.


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