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
Words nearby pet name
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Example sentences from the Web for pet name
Malin, another form of Malkin, which is a pet-name for Matilda.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
Her name is still used in the nursery as a pet-name for babes.The Story of Norway|Hjalmar H. Boyesen
His pet-name for a tiller of the soil is not Rube or Cy, but Hodge.The American Language|Henry L. Mencken