1. not worth considering

- he considered the prize too paltry for the lives it must cost

Similar word(s): worthless, negligible, trifling

2. contemptibly small in amount

- a paltry wage

Similar word(s): meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy, measly, miserable

Sentences with paltry as an adjective:

- This is indeed a paltry flyer about a silly product.

- She made some paltry excuse and left.

- Could someone hope to survive on such a paltry income?

- Student grants these days are paltry, and many students have to take out loans.