American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The feet of a pig used as food.
- n. Human feet or toes, especially those of a child.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The toes or feet of a pig: sometimes jocularly used for the human feet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The toes or feet of a pig, -- often used as food; sometimes, in contempt, the human feet.
- petty + toes (Wiktionary)
- Possibly from earlier pettytoe, offal (influenced by petty and toe), possibly from Old French petite oye, giblets of a goose : petite, small + oye, goose (from Late Latin auca; see ocarina). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To the great relief of Mrs. Sanders, Sam was allowed to depart without any reference, on the part of the hostess, to the pettitoes and toasted cheese; to which the ladies, with such juvenile assistance as Master”
“It is a most unworthy thing for men that have bones in them to spend their lives in making fiddle-cases for futilous women's fancies; which are the very pettitoes of infirmity, the giblets of perquisquilian toys ....”
“There, negroes and negresses break it up with long poles armed with hard-wood head, trampling it under their delicate pettitoes to such an extent as to give rise to the question whether sugar-tongs are not a useless invention.”
“Suffice it, as a specimen, that three pettitoes of an unfortunate roasting-pig, or rather pigling, which I fear must have died a natural death, formed the most substantial part of our repast.”
“_ _My clown_ (who wants but something to be a reasonable man) grew so in love with the wenches '_song_, that he would not stir his pettitoes, _till he had both tune and words_.”
“Next, he calls the women's tailor-made gowns "the very pettitoes of infirmity, the giblets of perquisquilian toys.”
“Drink-without-Thirst, was no doubt in want of some pettitoes.”
“At mother Louis ', whilst they sucked the little bones of the pettitoes, they again fell to abusing the employers.”
“Pieds de cochon à la Sainte Menehould, pig's pettitoes seasoned,”
“Put the liver, heart, and pettitoes into a stewpan with the bacon, mace, peppercorns, thyme, onion, and gravy, and simmer these gently for 1/4 hour; then take out the heart and liver, and mince them very fine.”
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