World English Dictionary
pet1 (pɛt)
1.  a tame animal kept in a household for companionship, amusement, etc
2.  a person who is fondly indulged; favourite: teacher's pet
3.  kept as a pet: a pet dog
4.  of or for pet animals: pet food
5.  particularly cherished; favourite: a pet theory; a pet hatred
6.  familiar or affectionate: a pet name
7.  (Scot), (Irish) pet day a single fine day during a period of bad weather
vb , pets, petting, petted
8.  (tr) to treat (a person, animal, etc) as a pet; pamper
9.  (tr) to pat or fondle (an animal, child, etc)
10.  informal (intr) (of two people) to caress each other in an erotic manner, as during lovemaking (often in the phrase heavy petting)
[C16: origin unknown]

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a lover who gently fondles and caresses the loved one; "they are heavy petters" 
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