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pet 1

1. An animal kept for enjoyment or companionship.
2. An object of the affections.
3. A person especially loved or indulged; a favorite: the teacher's pet.
1. Kept as a pet: a pet cat.
a. Particularly cherished or indulged: a pet grandchild.
b. Expressing or showing affection: a pet name.
3. Being a favorite: a pet topic.
v. pet·ted, pet·ting, pets
To stroke or caress gently. See Synonyms at caress.
To stroke or fondle amorously.

[Scottish Gaelic peata, tame animal, pet, from Old Irish.]

pet′ter n.

pet 2

A fit of bad temper or pique.
intr.v. pet·ted, pet·ting, pets
To be sulky and peevish.

[Origin unknown.]


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petulant; sulky
ˈpettedly adv
References in classic literature ?
I am younger than she is by two or three years, and yet it's me that looks after her, as if I was old, and it's she that's always petted and called Baby
Maggie, moreover, had rather a tenderness for deformed things; she preferred the wry-necked lambs, because it seemed to her that the lambs which were quite strong and well made wouldn't mind so much about being petted; and she was especially fond of petting objects that would think it very delightful to be petted by her.