A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Pet(t, n.2 [e.m.E. (1590), of obscure origin.] Ill-humour or peevishness caused by some real or fancied slight. Take the pet(t, to take offence and become sulky. —
Feare not thaire [sc. the nobility] orping nor taking the pett [v.r. pet] als lang as ye reule ueill; James VI Basil. Doron 84/5.
Iff I had not found yow in so good an action … I should have scarce gotten my pett at yow so easily aff; 1635 Annandale Corr. 291.
I am not so easily subject to take the pett; 1654 Baillie III. 265.
It simes that now when the pet is of you I have gote two letters; 1683 Edinb. City Archives Letters II. 23.
The commander replied in some pet [etc.]; 1685 Wodrow Hist. (1828) IV. 239.
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