Definition of Petting

1. Noun. Affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs).

Exact synonyms: Caressing, Cuddling, Fondling, Hugging, Kissing, Necking, Smooching, Snuggling
Generic synonyms: Arousal, Foreplay, Stimulation
Specialized synonyms: Snogging
Derivative terms: Cuddle, Cuddle, Fondle, Hug, Kiss, Neck, Pet, Smooch, Snuggle

Definition of Petting

1. Verb. (present participle of pet) ¹

2. Noun. The act of stroking or fondling an animal. ¹

3. Noun. The act of kissing, stroking, etc., a person in a sexual manner. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Petting

1. amorous caressing and kissing [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Petting

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Literary usage of Petting

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1. Bench and Bar: Reminiscences of One of the Last of an Ancient Race by Benjamin Coulson Robinson (1891)
"... —The Luxury of being talked about—Dilettante Lawyers— Circumstantial Evidence—Experts—How chosen—petting young and good-looking Murderesses. ..."

2. The Wedding Day in All Ages and Countries by Edward J. Wood (1869)
"The petting Stone.—Marriage Stone,—Bell Custom.—Wedding Cards. f IMIE institution of the publication of marriage by banns -*- is mentioned by us at p. 204. ..."

3. Newfoundland in 1897: Being Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Year and the by Moses Harvey (1897)
"... has guarded the helpless innocents, and slay them by petting SEALS ON BOARD. thousands in their icy cradles. The great annual seal- hunt from the ports ..."

4. Choisy: A Novel by James P. Story (1872)
"He was tenderness itself in arranging the big chair and its cushions in the cool parlor, full of a playful, petting attention and merry words that won her ..."

5. Meliora (1864)
"THE petting AND FRETTING OF FEMALE CONVICTS. Female Life in Prison. By a Prison Matron. London : Hurst and Blackett . 1862. work, written with liveliness ..."

6. Notes on the California Reports: Showing the Present Value as Authority of by Charles Theodore Boone, Charles Lawrence Thompson (1906)
"Cited on the point that the writ does not lie where the right of appeal had been lost by laches in Evans v. Christian, 4 Oreg. 377; Ramsey v. petting!ll ..."

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