- any domesticated or tamed animal that is kept as a companion and cared for affectionately.
- a person especially cherished or indulged; favorite: He was the teacher's pet.
- a thing particularly cherished.
- kept or treated as a pet: a pet lamb.
- especially cherished or indulged, as a child or other person.
- favorite; most preferred: a pet theory.
- showing fondness or affection: to address someone with pet words.
- to fondle or caress: to pet a dog.
- to treat as a pet; indulge.
- Informal. to engage in kissing, caressing, and other sexual activity with one’s partner, but not sexual intercourse.
Origin of pet1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for pet on Thesaurus.com
- a fit of peevishness, sulking, or bad mood.
- to be peevish; sulk.
Origin of pet2
Examples from the Web for petted
Her hand tightened on mine and her head fell back upon my shoulder, but she still trembled and I petted her and comforted her.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Mike had fed and watered them, Pat had combed them, and both had petted them.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
Not until he reaches the porch does he allow himself to be petted.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
It is much easier to be kept, dressed, and petted, than to work.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
I pictured her in the provinces, beloved, petted and very happy.
They have been petted and pampered by England for more than two hundred years.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
- a tame animal kept in a household for companionship, amusement, etc
- a person who is fondly indulged; favouriteteacher's pet
- kept as a peta pet dog
- of or for pet animalspet food
- particularly cherished; favouritea pet theory; a pet hatred
- familiar or affectionatea pet name
- pet day Scot and Irish a single fine day during a period of bad weather
- (tr) to treat (a person, animal, etc) as a pet; pamper
- (tr) to pat or fondle (an animal, child, etc)
- (intr) informal (of two people) to caress each other in an erotic manner, as during lovemaking (often in the phrase heavy petting)
- a fit of sulkiness, esp at what is felt to be a slight; pique
- (intr) to take offence; sulk
- positron emission tomography
- 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
Word Origin and History for petted
"tamed animal," originally in Scottish and northern England dialect (and exclusively so until mid-18c.), of unknown origin. Sense of "indulged child" (c.1500) is recorded slightly earlier than that of "animal kept as a favorite" (1530s), but the latter may be the primary meaning. Probably associated with or influenced by petty. As a term of endearment by 1849. Teacher's pet is attested from 1890. Pet-shop from 1928.
"peevishness, offense at feeling slighted," 1580s, in phrase take the pet "take offense." Perhaps from pet (n.1) on a similar notion to that in American English that gets my goat, but the underlying notion is obscure, and the form of the original expression makes this doubtful. This word seems to have been originally a southern English term, while pet (n.1) was northern and Scottish.
- positron emission tomography
Idioms and Phrases with petted
In addition to the idiom beginning with pet
- pet peeve
- teacher's pet