Petty officer

Petty officer
Petty Pet"ty, a. [Compar. {Pettier}; superl. {Pettiest}.] [OE. petit, F. petit; probably of Celtic origin, and akin to E. piece. Cf. {Petit}.] Little; trifling; inconsiderable; also, inferior; subordinate; as, a petty fault; a petty prince. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

Like a petty god I walked about, admired of all. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Petty averages}. See under {Average}.

{Petty cash}, money expended or received in small items or amounts.

{Petty officer}, a subofficer in the navy, as a gunner, etc., corresponding to a noncommissionned officer in the army. [1913 Webster]

Note: For petty constable, petty jury, petty larceny, petty treason, See {Petit}. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Little; diminutive; inconsiderable; inferior; trifling; trivial; unimportant; frivolous. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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