petting

[ pet-ing ]
/ ˈpɛt ɪŋ /

noun

Informal. kissing, caressing, and other sexual activity between partners that does not involve sexual intercourse.Compare heavy petting.

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Origin of petting

First recorded in 1870–75; pet1 + -ing1
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