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.”

Definitions of pet
  1. noun
    a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement
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    animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna
    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
  2. noun
    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
  3. adjective
    preferred above all others and treated with partiality
  4. verb
    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
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    caress, fondle
    touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
  5. verb
    stroke or caress in an erotic manner, as during lovemaking
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    caress, fondle
    touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
  6. noun
    a fit of petulance or sulkiness (especially at what is felt to be a slight)
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