pet: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pet), [key]
— n., adj., v., pet•ted, pet•ting.
  1. any domesticated or tamed animal that is kept as a companion and cared for affectionately.
  2. a person especially cherished or indulged; favorite: He was the teacher's pet.
  3. a thing particularly cherished.
  1. kept or treated as a pet: a pet lamb.
  2. especially cherished or indulged, as a child or other person.
  3. favorite; most preferred: a pet theory.
  4. showing fondness or affection: to address someone with pet words.
  1. to treat as a pet; fondle or indulge.
  2. to fondle or caress amorously.
  1. to engage in amorous fondling and caressing.


Pronunciation: (pet), [key]
— n.
  1. a fit of peevishness, sulking, or bad mood.
  1. to be peevish; sulk.


Pronunciation: (pet), [key]
  1. positron emission tomography. Cf.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Peter.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. petroleum.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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  • pet (Thesaurus)