Heavy Petting is sexually fooling around with your partner.
In most cases, heavy petting happens while both individuals are fully dressed up and it only involves non-penetrative sex.
It is basically considered foreplay, ranging from massages, making out to rubbing and groping between individuals.
“Heavy petting” is actually a really progressive way of building intimacy with a sexual partner.
Origin of the term
“Heavy petting” and petting in general is an old mid-20th century term that involves fooling around with each other.
The phrase most likely originates from America in the 1940s, where petting meant stroking or caressing.
It is similar in the US terms “making out” and “necking”, but in UK English it didn’t have an equivalent, so petting gradually became used worldwide during the late 20th Century and is still used today.
Spread of the term
“Heavy petting” since the mid-20th century has been a popular way to get each other excited.
However, as a term online, it appeared on multiple platforms and in various magazines and blogs.
On Urban Dictionary, the first entry was submitted in 2004 and since then there have been many added.