Meaning of PET in English
/ pet; NAmE / noun , verb , adjective
an animal, a bird, etc. that you have at home for pleasure, rather than one that is kept for work or food :
Do you have any pets?
a pet dog / hamster, etc.
a family / domestic pet
a pet shop (= where animals are sold as pets)
(usually disapproving ) a person who is given special attention by sb, especially in a way that seems unfair to other people
SYN favourite :
She's the teacher's pet .
( BrE , informal ) used when speaking to sb to show affection or to be friendly :
What's wrong, pet?
Be a pet (= be kind) and post this letter for me.
■ verb ( -tt- )
[ vn ] ( especially NAmE ) to touch or move your hand gently over an animal or a child in a kind and loving way
[ v ] ( informal ) ( of two people ) to kiss and touch each other in a sexual way
—see also petting
[ only before noun ] that you are very interested in :
his pet subject / theory / project, etc.
—see also pet name
- sb's pet hate
early 16th cent. (as a noun; originally Scots and northern English ): of unknown origin.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005