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Origin of pet

1
1500–10; (noun) perhaps back formation from pet lamb cade lamb, shortened variant of petty lamb little lamb (see petty); (v.) derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM pet

pet·ta·ble, adjective

Other definitions for pet (2 of 5)

pet2
[ pet ]
/ pɛt /

noun
a fit of peevishness, sulking, or bad mood.
verb (used without object)
to be peevish; sulk.

Origin of pet

2
1580–90; origin uncertain; cf. pettish

Other definitions for pet (3 of 5)

PET
[ pet ]
/ pɛt /

noun Computers, Medicine/Medical.

Origin of PET

First recorded in 1975–80

Other definitions for pet (4 of 5)

pet.

abbreviation
petroleum.

Other definitions for pet (5 of 5)

Pet.

abbreviation
Peter.
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How to use pet in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pet (1 of 4)

pet1
/ (pɛt) /

noun
a tame animal kept in a household for companionship, amusement, etc
a person who is fondly indulged; favouriteteacher's pet
adjective
verb pets, petting or petted

Derived forms of pet

petter, noun

Word Origin for pet

C16: origin unknown

British Dictionary definitions for pet (2 of 4)

pet2
/ (pɛt) /

noun
a fit of sulkiness, esp at what is felt to be a slight; pique
verb pets, petting or petted
(intr) to take offence; sulk

Word Origin for pet

C16: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for pet (3 of 4)

PET

abbreviation for
positron emission tomography
n acronym for
potentially exempt transfer: a procedure in the UK whereby gifting property and cash is tax-free, provided that the donor lives for at least seven years after the gift is made

British Dictionary definitions for pet (4 of 4)

Pet.
/ Bible /

abbreviation for
Peter
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Medical definitions for pet

PET

abbr.
positron emission tomography
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Other Idioms and Phrases with pet

pet

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