American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An animal kept for amusement or companionship.
- n. An object of the affections.
- n. A person especially loved or indulged; a favorite: the teacher's pet.
- adj. Kept as a pet: a pet cat.
- adj. Particularly cherished or indulged: a pet grandchild.
- adj. Expressing or showing affection: a pet name.
- adj. Being a favorite: a pet topic.
- v. To stroke or caress gently; pat. See Synonyms at caress.
- v. Informal To make love by fondling and caressing.
- n. A fit of bad temper or pique.
- v. To be sulky and peevish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any domesticated or tamed animal, as a dog, a squirrel, or a dove, that is fondled and indulged; in particular, a lamb brought up by hand; a cadelamb; in general, a fondling.
- n. A darling or favorite child; one who is fondled and indulged or treated with peculiar kindness or favor; also, a spoiled child; a wilful young woman.
- Fondled and indulged: as, a pet lamb; a pet rabbit; a pet pigeon.
- Favored; favorite; cherished: as, a pet theory.
- To treat as a pet; fondle; indulge: as, to pet a child or a kitten.
- n. A fit, as of peevishness, ill humor, or discontent.
- To be peevish or cross; sulk.
- To make peevish; pique; offend; make cross.
- n. A fit of petulance, a sulk, arising from the impression that one has been offended or slighted.
- n. Geordie A term of endearment usually applied to women and children.
- n. Abbreviation of petition.
- n. An animal kept as a companion.
- n. One who is excessively loyal to their superior.
- v. transitive To stroke or fondle (an animal).
- v. transitive, informal To stroke or fondle (another person) amorously.
- v. intransitive, informal Of two or more people, to stroke and fondle one another amorously.
- v. archaic, intransitive To be a pet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cade lamb; a lamb brought up by hand.
- n. Any person especially cherished and indulged; a fondling; a darling; often, a favorite child.
- n. A slight fit of peevishness or fretfulness.
- n. Any animal kept as a companion, usually in or around one's home, typically domesticated and cared for attentively and often affectionately. Distinguished from animals raised for food or to perform useful tasks, as a
- adj. Petted; indulged; admired; cherished.
- v. To treat as a pet; to fondle; to indulge.
- v. To be a pet.
- n. a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement
- v. stroke or caress in an erotic manner, as during lovemaking
- n. a special loved one
- n. using a computerized radiographic technique to examine the metabolic activity in various tissues (especially in the brain)
- adj. preferred above all others and treated with partiality
- v. stroke or caress gently
- n. a fit of petulance or sulkiness (especially at what is felt to be a slight)
- Originally from Northern English and Scots dialects, origin is unsure but may have arisen due to influence of petty pertaining to children and later companion animals. Almost certainly of Germanic etymology. (Wiktionary)
- Scottish Gaelic peata, tame animal, pet, from Old Irish.Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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