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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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PET, v.2 Also pett; peat (Sc. 1713 R. Wodrow Analecta (M.C.) II. 195). Sc. usage: to take offence, sulk. Obs. in Eng. in 17th c. Also tr., to cause to take offence, put into the sulks, vex, anger, upset. Gen.Sc.Sc. 1709 R. Wodrow Analecta (M.C.) I. 210:
The affair of the planting of Inshanan with M.C. is like to be very vexatiouse . . . The D[uke] of M[ontrose] is mightily petted.
Ayr. 1787 Burns Last May a Braw Wooer v.:
But a' the niest week as I petted wi' care I gaed to the tryste o' Dalgarnock, And wha but my fine fickle lover was there.
Kcb. 1814 W. Nicholson Tales 104:
Shou'd some passage pet or pout them, They ken best if the bonnet suit them.
Per. 1831 Perthshire Advert. (10 March):
Some spoiled child, who, when refused any thing he wants, flies into a passion, pets at his porridge, breaks his dishes, and abuses all around him.
Sc. 1837 Carlyle French Revol. II. 269:
The loyal Right Side sat . . . as it were pouting and petting.
Kcb. 1965:
He pets easy.

Comb. pettit lip, also petted lip. The expression on a sulky face (esp. of a child) when the underlip protrudes; a sulky mood in gen.Gsw. 1985 Michael Munro The Patter 54:
petted lip The sign of a spoilt or sulky child, that is, the lower lip protruding in front of the upper lip: 'Never mind the petted lip. You're not going and that's that.'
Gsw. 1987 Peter Mason C'mon Geeze Yer Patter! 53:
Never mind the petted lip; yer no gaun oot. It's pointless sulking; you're not leaving the house.
Gsw. 1990:
Whit's the pettit lip fur?
wm.Sc. 1991 Liz Lochhead Bagpipe Muzak 37:
Take last year, racked my brains, no help from Him as per usual, left to Him we'd end up getting a bottle of Bailey's, a gift voucher and a petted lip all through Christmas dinner!

Phr. to hing the pettit lip, to sulk, wear an injured and offended expression (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).

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