Adjective "pittance" definition and examples

(Pittance may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈpɪt(ə)ns/

Definitions and examples

noun

A very small or inadequate amount of money.
  1. 'Nobody can understand you are making a pittance on the rent.'
  2. 'Her husband, after incurring losses trying to run a business, is now employed in a private firm for a pittance.'
  3. 'Yet we pay these workers a pittance for work that is often physically and mentally demanding in the extreme.'
  4. 'So I'll have at least a tiny pittance of spending money for a few days, before it runs out again.'
  5. 'I also knew that I could not be appeased with a pittance in dividends simply because everyone was focused on share price growth.'
  6. 'To get a pittance of a welfare subsidy, you must work 4 hours a day.'
  7. 'It does give some money - a pittance - to some boys and girls.'
  8. 'They pay a pittance into the state pension system and then rob workers over company pension plans.'
  9. 'Labor's election promises, which amounted to a pittance spread out over a number of years, convinced few voters.'
  10. 'Hotels are a pittance, the national park is free, and there's mini-golf, ice cream cones and bowling to boot.'
A pious bequest to a religious house or order to provide extra food and wine at particular festivals, or on the anniversary of the benefactor's death.

    More definitions

    1. a small amount or share.

    2. a small allowance or sum, as of money for living expenses.

    3. a scanty income or remuneration.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "wages can be pittance."

    Origin

    Middle English: from Old French pitance, from medieval Latin pitantia, from Latin pietas ‘pity’.