Meaning of PET in English


I. ˈpet, usu -ed.+V noun

( -s )

Etymology: perhaps back-formation from obsolete English petty small, from Middle English pety — more at petty


a. : a domesticated animal kept for pleasure rather than utility

b. dialect Britain : a pet lamb


a. : a pampered and usually spoiled child

b. : a person who is treated with unusual kindness or consideration : darling

the spoilt pet of America's idle rich — Bernard Smith

teacher's pet

3. : something having marked popularity : current favorite

enormous buttons put together like cuff links are another … pet — Lois Long

4. South & Midland : boil , sore

II. adjective


a. : kept or treated as a pet

pet dogs

b. : treated with unusual kindness or consideration : cherished, indulged

pet students

2. : expressing fondness or endearment

a pet name

3. : inspiring a special interest or liking : favorite

pet theories

pet stories

III. verb

( petted ; petted ; petting ; pets )

transitive verb


a. : to make a pet of : treat as a pet

died … in the newest and largest of hospitals petted by all her nurses — Randall Jarrell

b. : to stroke in a gentle or loving manner : caress

petted the seat with his fingers as though that would mend it — John Steinbeck

c. : to treat with unusual kindness and consideration : pamper , indulge

that a man whom he had petted and favored … should go back on him was more than he could endure — John Buchan

2. : to embrace and kiss (a member of the opposite sex) in sexual play : neck

intransitive verb

: to engage in embracing, caressing, and kissing a member of the opposite sex

a girl is … more popular with boys if she pets — Valeria H. Parker

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: origin unknown

1. : offense , umbrage

take the pet in a case of failure and go off in disgust — R.H.Elliot

2. : a fit of peevishness, sulkiness, or anger

resigned in a pet , went off to improve his mind by travel — Time

V. intransitive verb

( petted ; petted ; petting ; pets )

: to take offense : sulk

VI. abbreviation

1. petrolatum

2. petroleum

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.