petting

[ pet-ing ]
/ ˈpɛt ɪŋ /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. petticoated,
  2. pettifog,
  3. pettifogger,
  4. pettifogging,
  5. pettily,
  6. petting zoo,
  7. pettipants,
  8. pettish,
  9. pettishly,
  10. pettiskirt

Origin of petting

First recorded in 1870–75; pet1 + -ing1

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 formspet·ta·ble, adjective

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

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 Formspetter, noun

Word Origin for pet

C16: origin unknown

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

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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Word Origin and History for petting
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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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