Pet definition

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To stroke or fondle amorously.
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A person who is treated with particular affection or indulgence; favorite.
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To be in a pet; sulk.
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An animal kept as a companion.
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Abbreviation of petition.
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(Geordie) A term of endearment usually applied to women and children.
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Kept as a pet.

A pet cat.

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A state of sulky peevishness or ill humor.
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To pet is to rub, pat or touch something or someone with affection.

An example of pet is when you run your hands through your dog's fur.

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Being a favorite.

A pet topic.

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Particularly cherished or indulged.

A pet grandchild.

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Expressing or showing affection.

A pet name.

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A fit of bad temper or pique.
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Positron emission tomography.
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Peter.
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An animal that is tamed or domesticated and kept as a companion or treated with fondness.
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Kept or treated as a pet.

A pet duck.

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Especially liked; favorite.
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Greatest; especial; particular.

One's pet peeve.

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Showing fondness or affection.

A pet name.

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To stroke or pat (now, esp., an animal) affectionately.
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To be indulgent toward; pamper.
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(informal) To kiss, embrace, fondle, etc., passionately in mutual sexual stimulation.
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Polyethylene terephthalate.
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(bible) Peter.
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One who is excessively loyal to a superior.
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Any person or animal especially cherished and indulged; a darling.
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To stroke or fondle (an animal).
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(informal) To stroke or fondle (another person) amorously.
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(intransitive, informal) Of two or more people, to stroke and fondle one another amorously.
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(dated) To treat as a pet; to fondle; to indulge.

His daughter was petted and spoiled.

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(archaic, intransitive) To be a pet.

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Favourite; cherished.

A pet child.

A pet theory.

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A fit of petulance, a sulk, arising from the impression that one has been offended or slighted.
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To stroke or caress gently.
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To be sulky and peevish.
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The definition of a pet is a companion animal that you take care of and that keeps you company, like a dog or a cat.

An example of pet is your dog.

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An animal kept for enjoyment or companionship.
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An object of the affections.
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A person especially loved or indulged; a favorite.

The teacher's pet.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pet
Plural:
pets

Origin of pet

  • Scottish Gaelic peata tame animal, pet from Old Irish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Abbreviation of petition.

    From Wiktionary

  • Diminutive of petal.

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown.

    From Wiktionary