Origin of petty officer
Examples from the Web for petty officer
"I wish to see Commander Hythe," he announced to the petty-officer messenger on duty at the Admiralty.
The rasp of a petty-officer singing out the numbers mingled with the hiss and gurgle of the spray.The Syndic|C.M. Kornbluth
It was Bates, the petty-officer, who was the first to relate their hazardous adventures.
The third man turned to give the alarm, but a petty-officer sprang after him and dragged him back by his shirt-collar.Adventures Among the Red Indians|H. W. G. Hyrst