- 1[transitive] pet somebody/something (especially North American English) to touch or move your hand gently over an animal or a child in a kind and loving way He petted the dog and ruffled its fur. See related entries: Pets
- 2[intransitive] (informal) (of two people) to kiss and touch each other in a sexual way see also petting Word Origin early 16th cent. (as a noun; originally Scots and northern English): of unknown origin.
BrE BrE//pet//; NAmE NAmE//pet//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pet
BrE BrE//pet//; NAmE NAmE//pet//he / she / it pets
BrE BrE//pets//; NAmE NAmE//pets//past simple petted
BrE BrE//ˈpetɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpetɪd//past participle petted
BrE BrE//ˈpetɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpetɪd//-ing form petting
BrE BrE//ˈpetɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpetɪŋ//Pets