Russian English Dictionary

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мелкий in English:

1. petty

He went to jail for some petty crime.
I was involved in a petty argument.
I'm sick and tired of all the petty squabbling among politicians.
It's just petty reasons.
I'm not interested in all the petty details.
Lothal was awash with petty politics.
The departmental heads, lost in petty argument, could not reach a cohesive decision.
In this harsh, petty world where money does the talking, his way of life is like a breath of fresh air.
Petty details/ Petty crime/ Petty cash/ You can be so petty sometimes!
People are so petty.
Slovenia must stop behaving in a petty manner, so that a solution may quickly be found.
petty offence, thief
a petty person
she thought readers were being petty in writing to complain about blocked paths
Initially this gave rise to gossip among petty people, and it gradually provoked criticism from members of our family.

English word "мелкий"(petty) occurs in sets:

300 most important Russian adjectives 151 - 175

2. small

It's too small.
The village which I visited last summer was a small one in Nagano Prefecture.
It's only a small house but it meets my needs perfectly.
My what a narrow waist! Her face is small, she really looks just like a doll!
Small cars are very economical because of their low fuel consumption.
His company was singled out as the most successful small business in the region.
The small fork is for your salad, and the large one is for the main course.
I didn't realize till I visited Australia how small Japan really is.
Her hands are small, but not so small that she can't play the piano.
A small border dispute ballooned into a major international incident.
I like his new house, but I had not expected it to be so small.
Small businesses will have to tighten their belts to survive.
It's a small noisy apartment, but it's where I live and I call it home.
I doubt that Tom would ever consider driving such a small car.
Small children tend to wander off if you don't watch them all the time.