Her hand tightened on mine and her head fell back upon my shoulder, but she still trembled and I petted her and comforted her.
A delicate child still, puny and sickly, petted and spoiled, indulged in every childish whim and caprice.
He petted her, talking to her, and she laughed doglike and licked his cheek.
I petted him and patted him; I stroked his ears and I rubbed his nose; and then I asked him point blank what ailed him.
I am no petted child, to be cross because I have lost a pleasure.'
The dauphin Louis had not enjoyed the pampered, petted life of his Burgundian cousin.
They petted her, and talked to her, and gave her waffles and pancakes.
He treated her as a petted child, spoke words of comfort to her on all occasions, and tried by every means to raise her spirits.
Teddy's mother might just as well have petted Teddy for playing in the dust.
Then that nice Miss Sanford came and put me to bed and nursed and petted and fed me and—here I am.
"tamed animal," originally in Scottish and northern England dialect (and exclusively so until mid-18c.), of unknown origin. Sense of "indulged child" (c.1500) is recorded slightly earlier than that of "animal kept as a favorite" (1530s), but the latter may be the primary meaning. Probably associated with or influenced by petty. As a term of endearment by 1849. Teacher's pet is attested from 1890. Pet-shop from 1928.
"peevishness, offense at feeling slighted," 1580s, in phrase take the pet "take offense." Perhaps from pet (n.1) on a similar notion to that in American English that gets my goat, but the underlying notion is obscure, and the form of the original expression makes this doubtful. This word seems to have been originally a southern English term, while pet (n.1) was northern and Scottish.
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