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pet name

a name or a term of address used to express affection for a person, thing, etc.
Origin of pet name
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Between the two he contented himself with the pet name of Saffy.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Poor Mart Colson would not have known what to do with a pet name.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • They called her Nana, the pet name for Anna, which was her godmother's name.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Take it as a pet name between Thora and yourself, if you choose.

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • "Mi Primavera," My Springtime, how well her father's pet name suited her!

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • This was his pet name for her, and it meant a great deal to them.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • Indeed, his pet name of Mite was only for strictly private use.

    That Stick Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Toté was the pet name by which we called her own eight-year-old daughter.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope

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