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.
Like a petty god
I walked about, admired of all.
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.
⇒ For petty constable, petty jury, petty larceny, petty treason, See Petit.
Syn. -- Little; diminutive; inconsiderable; inferior; trifling; trivial; unimportant; frivolous.
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