pet

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See also: pět, Pet., and PET

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Originally from Northern English and Scots dialects, origin is unsure but may have arisen due to influence of petty pertaining to children and later companion animals. Almost certainly of Germanic etymology.

Noun[edit]

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pet (plural pets)

  1. An animal kept as a companion.
  2. One who is excessively loyal to a superior.
  3. Any person or animal especially cherished and indulged; a darling.
    • Tatler
      the love of cronies, pets, and favourites
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References[edit]

  • pet” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Verb[edit]

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

  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?)
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Adjective[edit]

pet (not comparable)

  1. Favourite; cherished.
    a pet child
    a pet theory
    • F. Harrison
      Some young lady's pet curate.

Etymology 2[edit]

Origin unknown.

Noun[edit]

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[edit]

Abbreviation of petition.

Noun[edit]

pet (plural pets)

  1. Abbreviation of petition.

Etymology 4[edit]

Diminutive of petal.

Noun[edit]

pet (plural pets)

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

References[edit]

  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin peditum.

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pet m (plural pets)

  1. (colloquial) fart

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Dutch[edit]

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pet m (plural petten, diminutive petje n)

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

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin peditum.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pet m (plural pets)

  1. (colloquial) fart

Friulian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin pectus.

Noun[edit]

pet m (plural pets)

  1. (anatomy) chest

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Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

pet

  1. rafsi of petso.

Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

pet m (plural pets)

  1. (vulgar) fart, gas, flatulence

Romansch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

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

Etymology[edit]

From Latin pectus.

Noun[edit]

pet m (plural pets)

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

Related terms[edit]

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

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *pętь, from Proto-Indo-European *pénkʷe.

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pȇt (Cyrillic spelling пе̑т)

  1. (cardinal) five (5)

Slovene[edit]

Slovene numbers
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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *pętь, from Proto-Indo-European *pénkʷe.

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pét

  1. five

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