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OTHER WORDS FROM petpet·ta·ble, adjective
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What does pet mean?
A pet is any animal that is tamed and trained to be kept as a companion, such as a dog or a bird.
To pet means to stroke or rub an animal’s fur or body in a cherished way.
A pet can also be a person or object that someone cherishes or indulges.
Finally, pet can describe something that is cherished, such as a pet theory.
Example: She is so extravagant that she has a big birthday party for her pet dog every year.
Where does pet come from?
The first records of the term pet come from the early 1500s. It most likely comes from the phrase petty lamb, meaning “little lamb.”
While having a pet dog might be nice, when someone calls you the teacher’s pet, they are saying you became the teacher’s favorite student in order to get special treatment. And while pet words can make language more fun, pet theories can lead to trouble if we don’t look at evidence against our theory closely enough. Looking at facts on both sides of an argument is the best way to prevent our favorite theories from making pets of us.
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How is pet used in real life?
Pets are usually cherished and treated even better than humans in some cases.
I hope you all get to pet a dog today
— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) March 3, 2017
I want a pet tree frog 🐸
— Nash Grier (@Nashgrier) August 19, 2014
Feeling like a right teacher's pet as you proudly present your train ticket to the inspector
— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) June 2, 2016
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How to use pet in a sentence
Last week, you were building a large pen for your pet hamster.Can You Cover The Globe?|Zach Wissner-Gross|August 28, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Leaving behind pets can also seem like an insurmountable hurdle for others, and though legally shelters are supposed to provide care for pets, not all actually do.Hurricane Laura is the strongest storm to hit Louisiana in more than a century|Sara Chodosh|August 28, 2020|Popular-Science
Build a pet bedIf you want a quick and easy pet bed, it’s hard to beat a coffee sack.Five cool ways to upcycle old coffee sacks|Harry Guinness|August 27, 2020|Popular-Science
In such situations, it’s crucial to have a deep understanding of your pet and a learned list of commands.The right way to walk your dog|John Kennedy|August 26, 2020|Popular-Science
In that case, Schrödinger’s misfortunate pet would be either dead or alive, even if no one is looking.Schrödinger’s Cat When Nobody Is Looking - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Daniel Sudarsky|August 26, 2020|Nautilus
Owing to its popularity as a pet, it has spread across the Pacific to China.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma|Brendon Hong|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then I was the December Penthouse Pet, which is a huge honor.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex|Aurora Snow|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This season is all about monitoring posture, scrutinizing sun exposure, even exploring the health of a pet.Nothing Says I Love You Like Data|The Daily Beast|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When POTUS asked Malia if she wanted to pet the turkey before he granted its reprieve, she responded appropriately: “Nah.”GOP Flack Throws Shade at First Teens|Olivia Nuzzi|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As he describes why he plans to spend the rest of his days in Kisangani, a pet parrot gnaws on his Rolex.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When he gets quite large the boy will get tired of having him for a pet, and perhaps bring him back.
Now and then the boy who had bought Squinty, and who was taking him home, would look around at his pet in the slatted box.
The boy lifted up his pet, and put him back in the pen that had been especially built for the little pig.
After a little while Yung Pak got used to these "monkey shines," and he knew that his pet would not stay away long after mealtime.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
You can see that it is five o'clock, because Big God Nqong's pet tame clock says so.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for pet (1 of 4)
Derived forms of petpetter, noun
Word Origin for pet
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Other Idioms and Phrases with pet
In addition to the idiom beginning with pet
- pet peeve
- teacher's pet