See also: PET, pêt, pět, and Pet.

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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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]

NounEdit

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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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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ pet” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 pet” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 pet” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online.
  4. ^ Schrijver, Peter (2000), “Non-Indo-European Surviving in Ireland in the First Millennium AD”, in Ériu[1], volume 51, pages 195–199

VerbEdit

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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AdjectiveEdit

pet ‎(not comparable)

  1. Favourite; cherished.
    a pet child
    The professor seemed offended by the criticism of her pet theory.
    • F. Harrison
      Some young lady's pet curate.

Etymology 2Edit

Clipping of petulance.

NounEdit

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 3Edit

Clipping of petition.

NounEdit

pet ‎(plural pets)

  1. Abbreviation of petition.

Etymology 4Edit

Clipping of petal.

NounEdit

pet ‎(plural pets)

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

ReferencesEdit

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

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin peditum.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pet m ‎(plural pets)

  1. (colloquial) fart

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ChuukeseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from English bed.

NounEdit

pet

  1. bed
    • 2010, Ewe Kapasen God, United Bible Societies, ISBN 9781920714000, Luke 5:24, page 110:
      Iwe upwe pwȧr 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!"

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pet m ‎(plural petten, diminutive petje n)

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

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Inherited from Latin pēditum.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pet m ‎(plural pets)

  1. (colloquial) fart

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FriulianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin pectus.

NounEdit

pet m ‎(plural pets)

  1. (anatomy) chest

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LojbanEdit

RafsiEdit

pet

  1. rafsi of petso.

Middle FrenchEdit

NounEdit

pet m (plural pets)

  1. (vulgar) fart, gas, flatulence

PolishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pet m anim

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

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RomanschEdit

Alternative formsEdit

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

EtymologyEdit

From Latin pectus.

NounEdit

pet m (plural pets)

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

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

Serbo-CroatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

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NumeralEdit

pȇt (Cyrillic spelling пе̑т)

  1. (cardinal) five (5)

SloveneEdit

Slovene numbers
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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

NumeralEdit

pét

  1. five

DeclensionEdit

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