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Definition of the noun petting

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noun - plural: pettings

  1. affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)
    • examples: They've always been petting each other. | He was petting the dog. | The world is not a petting zoo. | For the brave, every zoo is a petting zoo. | It seems they've always been petting each other in that desirous way. | Tom took his son to the petting zoo. | The boy is petting the cat.
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of petting: caressing / cuddling / fondling / hugging / kissing / necking / smooching / snuggling
    • more generic words: arousal / foreplay / stimulation = mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
    • more specific word: snogging = cuddle and kiss

Alternative definition of the noun petting


  1. The act of stroking or fondling an animal.
  2. The act of kissing, stroking, etc., a person in a sexual manner.


Petting is a municipality in the district Traunstein, Bavaria, Germany. It is located on the shore of the Waginger See, a diluvial lake.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Petting

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Google previewBuilding Strong and Healthy Relationships (2012)

The Essential Elements for Growing Deeper in Love and Nurturing Strong and Healthy Relationships by Denise P. Lafortune

Petting is a common activity among people who are not married to each other. Unlike foreplay, a tender preparation for sexual intercourse, petting is a tender exploration of one another by two people who do not intend to have intercourse.

Google previewSexual Behavior in the Human Male (1998)

by Alfred C. Kinsey

As there noted, petting is the particular activity which has led many persons to conclude that college students are sexually wild and perverted. On the...

With the better educated groups, intercourse versus petting is a question of morals. For the ...

Google previewSex for Christians (1994)

The Limits and Liberties of Sexual Living by Lewis B. Smedes

Petting is a risky game, and the players are not always responsible players. There is a wave of sheer lust and exploitation lurking in anyone — young or old — even though they mean to be re- sponsible as Christians. It is as easy to exploit ...

Google previewHuman, All Too Human (2013)

by Diana Fuss

Petting is the particular activity which has led many persons to conclude that college students are sexually wild and...

two systems of mores__ With the better educated groups”—says Kinsey— “intercourse versus petting is a question of morals ...

Google previewRationale of the Dirty Joke (2007)

An Analysis of Sexual Humor by G. Legman

PETTING Petting is the standard euphemism, in modern American English, for all sexual acts ...

Google previewThe Gender of Sexuality (1998)

by Pepper Schwartz, Virginia Rutter

Petting is a 1950s and early 1960s word. It used to be the center of young romance, although intercourse eventually occurred more often than myth suggests. Today, petting is sometimes called "making out," and it involves kissing , ...

Google previewNew Dimensions in Women's Health (2016)

by Linda Lewis Alexander, William Alexander, Judith H. LaRosa, Helaine Bader

Petting is the erotic stimulation of a person by a sexual partner, without actual sexual intercourse. Petting can include kisses, genital...

During adolescence, petting is a way to experience intense sexual excitement. © LiquidLibrary Oral– genital ...

Google previewMarriage Customs of the World: An Encyclopedia of Dating Customs and Wedding Traditions (2013)

by George Monger

PETTING STONE In some places, for example, the north of England, the wedding party and guests had to jump or stride over some obstacle outside the church immediately after the ceremony, the “petting stone.” This custom at Holy Island, ...

Google previewThe Dream Interpretation Dictionary (2017)

Symbols, Signs, and Meanings by J.M. DeBord

Petting a cat has associations with sexuality because cats are “felines,” which dreams can use to mean “female.” Further, they're known as “pussies.” Cats are soft and generally responsive to being petted. It can symbolize giving pleasure.

Google previewThe Dictionary of Psychology (2016)

by Ray Corsini

petting (behavior) Sexual activity that may lead to sexual stimulation and orgasm without ...

Google previewAmerican Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History by Gina Misiroglu

®petting. parties ̄ with members of the opposite sex ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney ... rev. & enl. under the superintendence of Benjamin E. Smith (1911)

petting. [(pet1, n.] To treat as a pet ; fondle ; indulge : as, to pet a child or a kitten. The licensed Irritability of a petted member of the family. Hawthorne, Seven Gables, vii. pet2 (pet), n. [Appar. due to ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Human Instincts (2001)

by Nils Oeijord

Therearean enormous number ofperversities pessimism, pessimism instinctpestering, pesteringinstinct pet,petidea instinctpet, petname instinct pettiness, pettiness instinct petting, petting instinct petulance, petulance instinct phasmophobia, ...

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Petting Zoo

Petting Zoo inside the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch in San Antonio, Texas.

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Quotes about Petting

Some men like a dull life - they like the routine of eating breakfast, going to work, coming home, petting the dog, watching TV, kissing the kids, and going to bed. Stay clear of it - it's often catching. (Hedy Lamarr)
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Scrabble value of P3E1T1T1I1N1G2

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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