petting

[ pet-ing ]
/ ˈpɛt ɪŋ /

noun

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

Origin of petting

First recorded in 1870–75; pet1 + -ing1

Definition for petting (2 of 3)

Origin of pet

1
1500–10; (noun) perhaps back formation from pet lamb cade lamb, shortened variant of petty lamb little lamb (see petty); (v.) derivative of the noun

Related forms

pet·ta·ble, adjective

Definition for petting (3 of 3)

pet

2
[ pet ]
/ pɛt /

noun

a fit of peevishness, sulking, or bad mood.

verb (used without object)

to be peevish; sulk.

Origin of pet

2
1580–90; origin uncertain; cf. pettish
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British Dictionary definitions for petting (1 of 3)

pet

1
/ (pɛt) /

noun

a tame animal kept in a household for companionship, amusement, etc
a person who is fondly indulged; favouriteteacher's pet

adjective

verb pets, petting or petted

Derived Forms

petter, noun

Word Origin for pet

C16: origin unknown

British Dictionary definitions for petting (2 of 3)

pet

2
/ (pɛt) /

noun

a fit of sulkiness, esp at what is felt to be a slight; pique

verb pets, petting or petted

(intr) to take offence; sulk

Word Origin for pet

C16: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for petting (3 of 3)

PET

abbreviation for

positron emission tomography

n acronym for

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
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Medicine definitions for petting

PET

abbr.

positron emission tomography

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Idioms and Phrases with petting

pet

In addition to the idiom beginning with pet

  • pet peeve

also see:

  • teacher's pet

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