For petty constable, petty jury, petty larceny, petty treason, See Petit.
Syn. Little; diminutive; inconsiderable; inferior; trifling; trivial; unimportant; frivolous.
(Pet"ty*chaps) n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of small European singing birds of the
subfamily Sylviinæ, as the willow warbler, the chiff- chaff, and the golden warbler
(Pet"ty*whin) n. [Petty + whin.] (Bot.) The needle furze. See under Needle.
(Pet"u*lance Pet"u*lan*cy) n. [L. petulania: cf. F. pétulance. See Petulant.] The quality or
state of being petulant; temporary peevishness; pettishness; capricious ill humor. "The petulancy of our
words." B. Jonson.
Like pride in some, and like petulance in others.Clarendon.
The lowering eye, the petulance, the frown.Cowper.
Syn. Petulance, Peevishness. Peevishness implies the permanence of a sour, fretful temper;
petulance implies temporary or capricious irritation.
(Pet"u*lant) a. [L. petulans, -antis, prop., making slight attacks upon, from a lost dim. of petere
to fall upon, to attack: cf. F. pétulant. See Petition.]
1. Forward; pert; insolent; wanton. [Obs.] Burton.
2. Capriciously fretful; characterized by ill- natured freakishness; irritable. "Petulant moods." Macaulay.
Syn. Irritable; ill-humored; peevish; cross; fretful; querulous.
(Pet"u*lant*ly), adv. In a petulant manner.
(Pe*tul"ci*ty) n. [See Petulcous.] Wantonness; friskiness. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.
(Pe*tul"cous) a. [L. petulcus. Cf. Petulant.] Wanton; frisky; lustful. [Obs.] J. V. Cane.
(Pe*tu"ni*a) n. [NL., fr. Braz. petun tobacco.] (Bot.) A genus of solanaceous herbs with funnelform
or salver-shaped corollas. Two species are common in cultivation, Petunia violacera, with reddish purple
flowers, and P. nyctaginiflora, with white flowers. There are also many hybrid forms with variegated