pet

A pet is an animal you keep as a companion, usually in your house. People love to pet, or touch, their pets. A pet is also a favorite. A teacher’s pet is the teacher’s fave student. No barking required.

Your pet might be a hamster in a cage or a big dog that sleeps in your bed. Farm animals, like cows and goats, aren't usually considered to be pets, but that’s how the word started. Pet comes from Scottish dialect and used to refer to a favorite animal that got to come live inside, like Wilbur the pig in Charlotte’s Web. Pet is also a creepy form of endearment. When pet is a verb, it means “to stroke or caress.”

Primary Meanings of pet

1.
nadjv
a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement
preferred above all others and treated with partiality
stroke or caress gently
2.
n
a fit of petulance or sulkiness (especially at what is felt to be a slight)
Full Definitions of pet
1

n a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement

Type of:
animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna
a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

n a special loved one

Synonyms:
darling, dearie, deary, ducky, favorite, favourite
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chosen
one who is the object of choice; who is given preference
macushla
(an Irish term of address expressing affection) darling
mollycoddle
a pampered darling; an effeminate man
teacher's pet
the teacher's favorite student
Type of:
lover
a person who loves someone or is loved by someone

adj preferred above all others and treated with partiality

v stroke or caress gently

pet the lamb”
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canoodle
fondle or pet affectionately
gentle
stroke soothingly
make out, neck
kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion
smooch, spoon
snuggle and lie in a position where one person faces the back of the others
Type of:
caress, fondle
touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner

v stroke or caress in an erotic manner, as during lovemaking

Type of:
caress, fondle
touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
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n a fit of petulance or sulkiness (especially at what is felt to be a slight)

Type of:
choler, crossness, fretfulness, fussiness, irritability, peevishness, petulance
an irritable petulant feeling

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