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Pet
See also: Pet, PET, pét, pêt, p?t, p?t, and Pet.

English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /p?t/, [pt], [pt]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -?t

Etymology 1

Attested since the 1500s in the sense "indulged child" and since the 1530s in the sense "animal companion".[1][2][3] From Scots and dialectal Northern English, of unclear origin. Perhaps a back-formation of petty, pety ("little, small"), a term formerly used to describe children and animals (e.g. pet lambs).[2][3] Alternatively, perhaps a borrowing of Scottish Gaelic peata, from Old Irish petta, peta ("pet, lap-dog"), of uncertain (possibly pre-Proto-Indo-European) origin.[4] Compare peat ("pet, darling, woman").

The verb is derived from the noun.[2][3]

Noun

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pet (plural pets)

  1. An animal kept as a companion.
  2. (by extension) Something kept as a companion, including inanimate objects. (pet rock, pet plant, etc.)
    • 2015 September 15, Toby Fox, Undertale (video game), Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X:
      Papyrus: This is my brother's pet rock. He always forgets to feed it. As usual, I have to take responsibility.
  3. One who is excessively loyal to a superior.
  4. Any person or animal especially cherished and indulged; a darling.
    • (Can we date this quote by Tatler and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      the love of cronies, pets, and favourites
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Translations
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Verb

pet (third-person singular simple present pets, present participle petting, simple past and past participle petted or (nonstandard) pet)

  1. (transitive) To stroke or fondle (an animal).
  2. (transitive, informal) To stroke or fondle (another person) amorously.
  3. (intransitive, informal) Of two or more people, to stroke and fondle one another amorously.
  4. (dated, transitive) To treat as a pet; to fondle; to indulge.
    His daughter was petted and spoiled.
  5. (archaic, intransitive) To be a pet.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Feltham to this entry?)
  6. (archaic, intransitive) To be peevish; to sulk.
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Adjective

pet (not comparable)

  1. Favourite; cherished.
    a pet child
    The professor seemed offended by the criticism of her pet theory.
    • (Can we date this quote by F. Harrison and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Some young lady's pet curate.
  2. Kept or treated as a pet.
    pet rock
Translations

References

  1. ^ "pet" in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001-2020.
  2. ? 2.02.12.2 "pet" in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995-present.
  3. ? 3.03.13.2 "pet" in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
  4. ^ Schrijver, Peter (2000), "Non-Indo-European Surviving in Ireland in the First Millennium AD", in Ériu, volume 51, JSTOR 30008378, pages 195-199

Etymology 2

Clipping of petulance.

Noun

pet (plural pets)

  1. A fit of petulance, a sulk, arising from the impression that one has been offended or slighted.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 105:
      There was something ludicrous, even more, unbecoming a gentleman, in leaving a friend's house in a pet, with the host's reproaches sounding in his ears, to be matched only by the bitterness of the guest's sneering retorts.

Etymology 3

Clipping of petition.

Noun

pet (plural pets)

  1. Abbreviation of petition.

Etymology 4

Clipping of petal.

Noun

pet (plural pets)

  1. (Geordie) A term of endearment usually applied to women and children.

References

  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ->ISBN

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Anagrams


Catalan

Etymology

From Old Occitan [Term?] (compare Occitan pet), from Latin p?ditum (compare French pet, Spanish pedo, Italian peto).

Pronunciation

Noun

pet m (plural pets)

  1. (colloquial) fart

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Chuukese

Etymology

Borrowed from English bed.

Noun

pet

  1. bed
    • 2010, Ewe Kapasen God, United Bible Societies, ->ISBN, Luke 5:24, page 110:
      Iwe upwe pw?r ngeni kemi pwe mi wor an ewe Noun Aramas manamanen omusano tipis won fonufan. Iwe a apasa ngeni ewe mwan mi mwök, 'Upwe erenuk, kopwe uta, kopwe eki om na pet o feinno non imwom!"
      Therefore I will show you that the Son of Man has the power of forgiving sins on earth. So he said to the sick man, 'I tell you, stand, grab your bed and go to your house!"}}

Dutch

Etymology

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Pronunciation

Noun

pet m (plural petten, diminutive petje n)

  1. cap (headwear with a peak at the front)

Adjective

pet (comparative petter, superlative petst)

  1. (slang) bad, crappy

Inflection

Derived terms

Descendants

  • -> Papiamentu: pèchi(from the diminutive)

French

Etymology

From Old French pet, inherited from Latin p?ditum.

Pronunciation

Noun

pet m (plural pets)

  1. (colloquial) fart
  2. (colloquial) Common apocope for pétard (pronounced IPA(key): /p?t/ in singular and plural). Rarely pèt.

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Further reading


Friulian

Etymology

From Latin pectus.

Noun

pet m (plural pets)

  1. (anatomy) chest

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Middle French

Noun

pet m (plural pets)

  1. (vulgar) fart, gas, flatulence

Polish

Pronunciation

Noun

pet m anim

  1. (colloquial) cigarette butt
  2. (colloquial, derogatory) cigarette

Declension

Synonyms

Further reading

  • pet in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowed from English pet.

Pronunciation

Noun

pet m (plural pets)

  1. (Brazil, upper class slang) pet (animal kept as a companion)
    Synonyms: animal de estimação (much more common), mascote

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Romansch

Alternative forms

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Surmiran) pèz
  • (Sutsilvan) péz

Etymology

From Latin pectus.

Noun

pet m (plural pets)

  1. (Puter, Vallader, anatomy) chest, thorax

Related terms

  • (Rumantsch Grischun) sain
  • (Sursilvan) sein
  • (Sutsilvan, Surmiran) sagn

Serbo-Croatian

Serbo-Croatian cardinal numbers
 <  4 5 6  > 
    Cardinal : pet
    Ordinal : peti

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *p?t?, from Proto-Indo-European *pénk?e.

Pronunciation

Numeral

p?t (Cyrillic spelling ?)

  1. five (5)

Slovene

Slovene numbers
< 4 5 [[?est
  1. Slovene|6 >]]

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *p?t?, from Proto-Indo-European *pénk?e.

Pronunciation

Numeral

pt

  1. five

Inflection


Westrobothnian

Noun

pet n

  1. bad worker who does not get anything out of his hands completely done

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