[ pet-ing ]
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  1. the act of fondling or caressing: Petting or massage may help calm a stressed or hyperactive dog.

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

  1. the present participle of pet1.

Origin of petting

First recorded in 1870–75; pet1 + -ing1

Words Nearby petting Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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