In petto, in the breast; hence, in secrecy; in reserve.

(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.

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.

(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.

The lowering eye, the petulance, the frown.

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 corollas.

Pettitoes to Phanerodactyla

(Pet"ti*toes) n. pl. [Petty + toes.] The toes or feet of a pig, — often used as food; sometimes, in contempt, the human feet. Shak.

(||Pet"to) n. [It., fr. L. pectus.] The breast.

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