Definitions

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of pet.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • He did not fancy occupying the back bedroom while Chip reigned in his sunny south room, waited on, petted (Dunk applied the term petted) and amused indefatigably by the Little Doctor.

    Chip, of the Flying U

  • Yet Mrs Adams had not been brought up in petted indolence, or shut from the sun and air, for fear of injury to her beauty, or her gracefulness.

    The Mother's Book

  • They want to feel petted, which is in their nature and you cannot blame them for it.

    Chinalyst - China blogs in English

  • In fact, the device just repeated pre-recorded phrases more or less often depending on how often it was "petted".

    Twelve Christmas Gifts You Regret Giving

  • Our young ones, they've kind of petted them and brought them along, and our young ones … well, the all-tournament team was two seventh-graders and an eighth-grader (and a senior), and the all-county tournament was about the same thing.

    Sand Mountain Reporter: News

  • I considered drafting a pattern, but decided against it (it was a very small piece of felt), and just kind of petted it for a while, hoping it would turn into a bunny.

    Thing-a-day 2009

  • I had thought, bound up in him as she was, accustomed to his daily sight, his daily fondness – for he was more with her, and "petted" her more than any other of the children – I had thought to have seen some reluctance, some grieved entreaty – but no! Not even when, gaining her consent, the boy looked up as if her allowing him to quit her was the greatest kindness she had ever in his life bestowed.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

  • I had thought, bound up in him as she was, accustomed to his daily sight, his daily fondness -- for he was more with her, and "petted" her more than any other of the children -- I had thought to have seen some reluctance, some grieved entreaty -- but no! Not even when, gaining her consent, the boy looked up as if her allowing him to quit her was the greatest kindness she had ever in his life bestowed.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

  • "petted" bears, and to direct disobedience of fixed orders.

    The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals A Book of Personal Observations

  • And as a reward, Palace Eunuch FCC got to go every year to the Big Media Baron Convention in Las Vegas to get praised and petted -- which the FCC would reward by relaxing ownership rules further, rolling over on mergers, and rubber-stamping license renewals.

    Harold Feld: The Fox TV/Cablevision Fight, and How The FCC Can Find Its 'Man Pants.'

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