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pet·ti·fog·ger

 (pĕt′ē-fŏg′ər, -fô′gər)
n.
1. A lawyer whose practice involves petty matters or who lacks sound legal judgment or skills.
2. One who quibbles over trivia.

[Probably petty + obsolete fogger, pettifogger (probably akin to obsolete German Fugger, successful merchant, usurer, huckster, after the House of Fugger).]

pet′ti·fog′ v.
pet′ti·fog′ger·y n.

pettifog

(ˈpɛtɪˌfɒɡ)
vb, -fogs, -fogging or -fogged
(Law) (intr) to be a pettifogger

pet•ti•fog

(ˈpɛt iˌfɒg, -ˌfɔg)

v.i. -fogged, -fog•ging.
1. to quibble over trifles.
2. to carry on an unethical law business.
3. to practice chicanery.
[1605–15; back formation from pettifogger= petty + fogger < Middle Low German voger or Middle Dutch voeger one who arranges things; akin to Old English gefōg a joining]
pet′ti•fog`ger, n.
pet′ti•fog`ger•y, n.

pettifog


Past participle: pettifogged
Gerund: pettifogging

Imperative
pettifog
pettifog
Present
I pettifog
you pettifog
he/she/it pettifogs
we pettifog
you pettifog
they pettifog
Preterite
I pettifogged
you pettifogged
he/she/it pettifogged
we pettifogged
you pettifogged
they pettifogged
Present Continuous
I am pettifogging
you are pettifogging
he/she/it is pettifogging
we are pettifogging
you are pettifogging
they are pettifogging
Present Perfect
I have pettifogged
you have pettifogged
he/she/it has pettifogged
we have pettifogged
you have pettifogged
they have pettifogged
Past Continuous
I was pettifogging
you were pettifogging
he/she/it was pettifogging
we were pettifogging
you were pettifogging
they were pettifogging
Past Perfect
I had pettifogged
you had pettifogged
he/she/it had pettifogged
we had pettifogged
you had pettifogged
they had pettifogged
Future
I will pettifog
you will pettifog
he/she/it will pettifog
we will pettifog
you will pettifog
they will pettifog
Future Perfect
I will have pettifogged
you will have pettifogged
he/she/it will have pettifogged
we will have pettifogged
you will have pettifogged
they will have pettifogged
Future Continuous
I will be pettifogging
you will be pettifogging
he/she/it will be pettifogging
we will be pettifogging
you will be pettifogging
they will be pettifogging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pettifogging
you have been pettifogging
he/she/it has been pettifogging
we have been pettifogging
you have been pettifogging
they have been pettifogging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pettifogging
you will have been pettifogging
he/she/it will have been pettifogging
we will have been pettifogging
you will have been pettifogging
they will have been pettifogging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pettifogging
you had been pettifogging
he/she/it had been pettifogging
we had been pettifogging
you had been pettifogging
they had been pettifogging
Conditional
I would pettifog
you would pettifog
he/she/it would pettifog
we would pettifog
you would pettifog
they would pettifog
Past Conditional
I would have pettifogged
you would have pettifogged
he/she/it would have pettifogged
we would have pettifogged
you would have pettifogged
they would have pettifogged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.pettifog - argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies"
argue, contend, debate, fence - have an argument about something

pettifog

verb
To raise unnecessary or trivial objections: