Definition of pettifoggery in English:

pettifoggery

noun

archaic
  • See pettifog

    • ‘The theological pettifoggery of their literalistic religion has to be read to be believed.’
    • ‘Pettifoggery has come to mean legal chicanery, and last week a Senate subcommittee consultant used the word to describe a weakness of U.S. negotiators in dealing with Communist powers.’
    • ‘Seeing through Julia's pettifoggery, the judge overruled her frivolous objection.’

Pronunciation

pettifoggery

/ˈˌpedēˈˌfôɡərē/