Informal The act or practice of amorously embracing, kissing, and caressing one's partner.(noun)
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Use "petting" in a sentence
"The rabbits getting pretty old, I persisted, having read the safety briefing in the How Best to Enjoy Your Rabbit Experience leaflet, and petting is no longer mandatory."
"Meanwhile, I walk over and pick up this imaginary blue squirrel and begin petting it as I tell her you almost stepped on my squirrel!"
""She had a nice life," I offered, once again petting another's pride."