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petty officer

noun
1.
a noncommissioned U.S. Navy rank with three grades.
2.
one of the minor officers on a merchant ship, as a boatswain or carpenter.
Origin of petty officer
1570-1580
1570-80
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  • The third man turned to give the alarm, but a petty-officer sprang after him and dragged him back by his shirt-collar.

  • It was Bates, the petty-officer, who was the first to relate their hazardous adventures.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • "I wish to see Commander Hythe," he announced to the petty-officer messenger on duty at the Admiralty.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • The rasp of a petty-officer singing out the numbers mingled with the hiss and gurgle of the spray.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
British Dictionary definitions for petty-officer

petty officer

noun
1.
a noncommissioned officer in a naval service, comparable in rank to a sergeant in an army or marine corps
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