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pet name

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noun
  1. a name or a term of address used to express affection for a person, thing, etc.
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Origin of pet name

First recorded in 1910–15
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

diminutivenicknamehypocoristic

Examples from the Web for pet name

Historical Examples

  • 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