Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.

a small amount of money
  • How to Memorize
    • pittance - small
  • Analysis

    If you say that the money you received was only a ‘pittance’, then you are saying that it was a very small amount, and certainly, less than you feel you need and deserve. Can be used for effect.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymsmodicumminuscule, derisory,
  • Example(s)
    1. The restaurant only pay me a pittance. I make most of my money from tips.

    2. You’re earning fifty thousand a year, so stop complaining. It’s hardly a pittance, is it?

    3. The market was saturated, so in the end we had to sell our crops for a pittance.