What does the word paltry mean?

Usage examples for paltry

  1. But this, too, he resolutely refused, though at that time I was already so deeply in his debt that I could not repay him at all with paltry money." – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. Far different from the other chambers, the one into which the Rabbi was next introduced was a mean and paltry apartment without furniture. – Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Various
  3. I had retraced the little sequence of subsequent events, paltry enough in themselves, yet of a certain symmetry and some importance as a whole. – No Hero by E.W. Hornung