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pet

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noun \ˈpet\

Definition of pet

  1. 1 a :  a pampered and usually spoiled child b :  a person who is treated with unusual kindness or consideration :  darling

  2. 2 :  a domesticated animal kept for pleasure rather than utility



Origin of pet

perhaps back-formation from Middle English pety small — more at petty


First Known Use: 1508

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

Rhymes with pet


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pet

adjective

Simple Definition of pet

  • : very interesting or important to a particular person

Full Definition of pet

  1. 1 :  kept or treated as a pet

  2. 2 :  expressing fondness or endearment <a pet name>

  3. 3 :  favorite <a pet project>

Examples of pet

  1. The mayor's pet project has been the construction of a new high school.

  2. <spent my free time on my pet project>



1584

First Known Use of pet

1584

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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pet

verb

Definition of pet

pet·tedpet·ting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to treat as a pet b :  to stroke in a gentle or loving manner

  3. 2 :  to treat with unusual kindness and consideration :  pamper

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to engage in amorous embracing, caressing, and kissing :  neck

pet·ter noun


1629

First Known Use of pet

1629


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pet

noun

Definition of pet

  1. :  a fit of peevishness, sulkiness, or anger



Origin of pet

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1581


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pet

verb

Definition of pet

pet·tedpet·ting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to take offense :  sulk



1629

First Known Use of pet

1629


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pet

abbreviation

Definition of pet

  1. petroleum



Other Chemical Engineering Terms


Pet

abbreviation

Definition of Pet

  1. Peter




PET

abbreviation

Definition of PET

  1. positron-emission tomography






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