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petty officer

a noncommissioned U.S. Navy rank with three grades.
one of the minor officers on a merchant ship, as a boatswain or carpenter.
Origin of petty officer
1570-80 Unabridged
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  • Meantime a petty officer named Hicks had been promoted captain of the foretop.

    From the Bottom Up Alexander Irvine
  • He becomes a seaman gunner, with the billet and pay of a petty officer.

  • The petty officer—he was a petty officer, though Sara Lee had never heard the term—was inclined to be suspicious.

    The Amazing Interlude Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Shrilly the whistle sounded at the lips of the petty officer.

  • The Sub made his way to the after-end of the raised platform, where the petty officer was standing as rigidly as a statue.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • "Very well, sir," replied the petty officer with a crisp salute.

  • On one never-to-be-forgotten occasion the petty officer cautioned him for talking and joking in the ranks whilst at drill.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
British Dictionary definitions for petty officer

petty officer

a noncommissioned officer in a naval service, comparable in rank to a sergeant in an army or marine corps
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