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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: paltry 'worthless material' (16-19 centuries)

paltry

adjective
     
pal‧try
1 a paltry amount of something is too small to be useful or important:
paltry sum of money
He received only a paltry £25 a day.
2 formal unimportant or worthless:
paltry issues

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