Pet vs Pup - What's the difference?

pet | pup |

As an acronym pet

is (organic compound) polyethylene terephthalate.

As a noun pup is

hump, hunch.



Etymology 1

Attested since the 1500s in the sense "indulged child" and since the 1530s in the sense "animal companion"..'>citation The verb is derived from the noun.


(wikipedia pet) {{ picdic , image=Pudel miniatura 342.jpg , detail1= }} (en noun)
  • An animal kept as a companion.
  • One who is excessively loyal to a superior.
  • Any person or animal especially cherished and indulged; a darling.
  • * Tatler
  • the love of cronies, pets , and favourites
    * companion animal



  • To stroke or fondle (an animal).
  • (informal) To stroke or fondle (another person) amorously.
  • (informal) Of two or more people, to stroke and fondle one another amorously.
  • (dated) To treat as a pet; to fondle; to indulge.
  • His daughter was petted and spoiled.
  • (archaic) To be a pet.
  • (Feltham)
    Derived terms
    * pet cemetery * pet name * pet peeve * pet project * pet shop * pet store * petting * teacher's pet


  • Favourite; cherished.
  • a pet child
    a pet theory
  • * F. Harrison
  • Some young lady's pet curate.

    Etymology 2



    (en noun)
  • A fit of petulance, a sulk, arising from the impression that one has been offended or slighted.
  • * 1891 , Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country , Nebraska 2005, p. 105:
  • There was something ludicrous, even more, unbecoming a gentleman, in leaving a friend's house in a pet , with the host's reproaches sounding in his ears, to be matched only by the bitterness of the guest's sneering retorts.

    Etymology 3



    (en noun)
  • Etymology 4



    (en noun)
  • (Geordie) A term of endearment usually applied to women and children.
  • References



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    (wikipedia pup)


    (en noun)
  • A young dog, wolf, fox, seal, shark and some other animals.
  • The dog has had that bed since he was just a pup .
  • A young, inexperienced person.
  • The new teacher is a mere pup .
  • Any cute dog, regardless of age.
  • My pup likes to run as fast as he can, yet cannot always stop in time!
  • A short semi-trailer used jointly with a dolly and another semi-trailer to create a twin trailer.
  • Verb

  • To give birth to pups.
  • See also

    * puppy * pup tent English palindromes ----