pittance

Part of speech: noun

A meager allowance.

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Usage examples "pittance":

  1. For how could Luttrell support them all on a miserable pittance of five hundred pounds a year? - "Molly Bawn", Margaret Wolfe Hamilton.
  2. For some time they continued to live very comfortably; their daily labor procured their daily bread; but Robin, finding it was likely he should have a large family, borrowed a trifle to add to the small pittance they had saved in service, and took a little farm in a neighboring county. - "Mary Wollstonecraft", Elizabeth Robins Pennell.
  3. Down among the mysteries of the fountains of Nature, she sees her now no longer yielding reluctantly an unwilling pittance to the sweat of the labour of man, but uncursed. - "Tales From the 'Phantasus', etc. of Ludwig Tieck", Ludwig Tieck.