picayune [ pik-ee-yoon, pik-uh- ]
adjective Also pic·a·yun·ish. Informal.
1. of little value or account; small; trifling: a picayune amount.
2. petty, carping, or prejudiced: I didn't want to seem picayune by criticizing.
3. (formerly, in Louisiana, Florida, etc.) a coin equal to half a Spanish real.
4. any small coin, as a five-cent piece.
4. Informal. an insignificant person or thing.
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WORDS RELATED TO PICAYUNE
diminutive, everyday, frivolous, immaterial, incidental, inconsequential, insignificant, irrelevant, little, meager, mean, meaningless, minor, minute, negligible, nonessential, paltry, petty, piddling, puny
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1. trivial, insignificant.
Origin: 1780–90; < Provençal picaioun small copper coin (compare French picaillons), derivative of an onomatopoetic base *pikk- beat, here referring to the coining of coppers
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