petty officer


Definition of petty officer

: a subordinate officer in the navy or coast guard appointed from among the enlisted men — compare noncommissioned officer

Examples of petty officer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The former petty officer was honorably discharged in 2016. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Husband gets 16 years to life for killing wife, dumping body in bay two years later," 12 Mar. 2021 Chief petty officer Richard Jongordon, known to his shipmates as Chief Johnny, stood with his fellow sailors to the last man — which turned out to be him. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Richard, "Chief Johnny" Jongordon, who served in battle aboard the USS San Francisco, is dead at 98," 12 Mar. 2021 Prosecutors say Sepolio, a Navy petty officer, drank alcohol before getting behind the wheel on Oct. 15, 2016, and was speeding when his truck careened off a transition ramp to the bridge and landed in the park. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Driver who killed 4 in Chicano Park crash set for early prison release; DA calls the move ‘unconscionable’," 4 Nov. 2020 After a petty officer fired shots in its vicinity, the shark swam away, apparently uninjured. Alex Chaet, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 28 Aug. 2020 According to the charges, on July 4, 2019, at Al Assad Air Base in Iraq, Enayat assaulted a petty officer 2nd class by strangling her, biting her face and penetrating her without consent. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy SEAL appears in San Diego military courtroom on charge he sexually assaulting fellow sailor in Iraq," 21 Aug. 2020 The petty officer 2nd class returned on Aug. 9 when the Eisenhower docked at its home port in Norfolk, Va. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Around Friendswood: FHS grad ends record-breaking deployment on aircraft carrier," 13 Aug. 2020 A few months ago, according to one petty officer, the USS Merrill was tracking the Vinogradov across the Persian Gulf. Chet Barfield, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Soviet warships visited San Diego 30 years ago," 4 Aug. 2020 In an odd turn of events, Zito actually guest starred on JAG as a United States Navy petty officer in 2003, which led Jeong to support McCarthy’s theory. Ariana Brockington,, "Blindsided By The Rhino? Why Masked Singer Fans Had This Baseball Player On The Brain All Along," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of petty officer

1744, in the meaning defined above

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30 Apr 2021

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“Petty officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of petty officer

: an officer with a low rank in the Navy or U.S. Coast Guard

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Kids Definition of petty officer

: an officer in the navy or coast guard appointed from among the enlisted people

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