- 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
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Examples from the Web for pet name
His pet-name for a tiller of the soil is not Rube or Cy, but Hodge.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
Her name is still used in the nursery as a pet-name for babes.The Story of Norway
Hjalmar H. Boyesen
Malin, another form of Malkin, which is a pet-name for Matilda.
There was a third girl in the room, a dainty, pink and white little person who well deserved her pet-name of the "Apple Blossom."Kildares of Storm
Eleanor Mercein Kelly