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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

familiar form of masc. proper name Peter. For Pete's sake is attested from 1903 in a list of children's expressions published in Massachusetts, probably a euphemistic use of the disciple's name in place of Christ; as an exclamation or quasi-oath, Peter! was in use 14c., but this likely is not connected to the modern use.

Pete (Disney)

Pete (also called Peg-Leg Pete, Pistol Pete and Black Pete, among other names) is an anthropomorphic cartoon character created in 1925 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. He is a character of The Walt Disney Company and often appears as a nemesis and the main antagonist in Mickey Mouse universe stories. He was originally an anthropomorphic bear but with the advent of Mickey Mouse in 1928, he was defined as a cat. Pete is the oldest continuing Disney character, having debuted three years before Mickey Mouse in the cartoon Alice Solves the Puzzle (1925).

Pete has appeared in more than 40 animated short films between 1925 and 1954, having been featured in the Alice Comedies and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons, and later in the Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy cartoons. Pete's final appearance during this era was The Lone Chipmunks (1954), which was the final installment of a three-part Chip an' Dale series. He also appeared in the short films Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983), The Prince and the Pauper (1990), Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004), and Get a Horse! (2013).

Pete has also made many appearances in Disney comics, and often appeared as Sylvester Shyster's dimwitted sidekick in the Mickey Mouse comic strip. In the Italian comic production he has come to be the central character in comics from time to time. Pete later made several appearances in television, most extensively in Goof Troop (1992–1993) where he was given more continuity, having a family and a regular job as a used car salesman and is a friend (albeit a poor one) to Goofy. He reprises this incarnation in 1999's Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas. Pete also appears in House of Mouse (2001–03) as the greedy property owner who's always trying devious ways and loop holes to get the club shut down.

Although Pete is often typecast as a villain, he has shown great versatility within the role, playing everything from a hardened criminal (The Dognapper, The Lone Chipmunks) to a legitimate authority figure ( Moving Day, Donald Gets Drafted, Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip), and from a menacing trouble maker ( Building a Building, Trombone Trouble) to a victim of mischief himself (Timber, The Vanishing Private). On some occasions, Pete has even played a sympathetic character, all the while maintaining his underlying menacing nature. ( Symphony Hour, How to Be a Detective) He seems to have lost much of his antagonistic demeanor in his Mickey Mouse Clubhouse appearances and is today a largely friendly character, although his antics can occasionally prove an annoyance.

Pete (Red Dwarf)

Pete is a two-part episode from the science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf's eighth series. Part I was first broadcast in the United States on 7 March 1999 and then on the British television channel BBC2 on 25 March 1999. The second part was broadcast the same day as the first part in the US and on 1 April for the British broadcast. The first part was written by Doug Naylor and the second was written between Naylor and Paul Alexander. Both parts were directed by Ed Bye.


Pete is a diminutive form of the given name Peter.

Pete may also refer to:

Pete (nickname)

Pete is a nickname of:

  • Russell "Pete" Ashbaugh (1921-2009), American football player
  • Pedro Pete Astudillo (born 1963), Mexican American songwriter
  • Darrel Pete Brewster (born 1930), American former National Football League player and coach
  • Wilson Pete Burness (1904–1969), American animator and animation director, two-time Academy Award winner
  • Clarence Pete Carpenter (1914–1987), American jazz trombonist, musical arranger and composer for television shows
  • Richard Pete Cooper (golfer) (1914-1993), American PGA golfer
  • Ulise Joseph Pete Desjardins (1907–1985), American diver, double gold medalist at the 1928 Olympics
  • Pietro Pete Domenici (born 1932), American politician and six-term senator from New Mexico
  • Pierre S. du Pont IV (born 1935), American lawyer, politician and former Governor of Delaware
  • Dee Pete Hart (American football) (born 1933), American football player
  • Wilbur Pete Henry (1897-1952), American National Football League player and coach
  • William J. Knight (1929-2004), American aeronautical engineer, politician, Vietnam War combat pilot, test pilot and astronaut
  • Ralph Pierre Pete LaCock, Jr. (born 1952), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Warren "Pete" Moore (born 1939), American singer-songwriter, original bass singer for Motown group The Miracles and record producer
  • George Pete Morrison (1890–1973), American silent western film actor
  • Linton Pete Muldoon (1887-1929), Canadian hockey coach, first coach of the Chicago Black Hawks
  • Charles Pete Orr (racing driver) (1956–2002), American stock car racing driver
  • Harding William Pete Peterson (baseball) (born 1929), American retired Major League Baseball player and general manager
  • Harold Patrick Pete Reiser (1919–1981), American Major League Baseball player
  • Alvin Pete Rozelle (1926-1996), longtime commissioner of the National Football League
  • James Pete Runnels (1928–1991), American Major League Baseball player
  • Petros Pete Sampras (born 1971), American retired tennis player
  • Kenneth Pete Shaw (American football) (born 1954), American former National Football League player
  • Alonzo Pete Tillman (1922-1998), American football player and coach

Usage examples of "pete".

Without his older brother, Pete was far less adventuresome and more content to do as he was told.

The lord on the other side thereof was a mightier man than King Pete, albeit he was a bishop, and a baron of Holy Church.

Pete could just see Rusa and Arrach in the stern, fighting the tiller.

The very innovative Sir Pete was now working to formulate a decent shampoo, but had not yet gotten it to the production stage, he had averred when last he and Bass had talked.

Pete and I landed and reported the human footprints among the tapir and others, we were the objects of boisterous ridicule.

And Old Pete and Councillor Doveston and Bob the Bookie and Norman and Archroy looked on in horror as Neville stepped between his new bar staff and smacked each of them on the bottom.

Pete Boucher said Shorty was heading for your trailer sometime after twelve.

Arena, Greg Arena, Bill Bailey, Jim Blaylock, Jenny Bunn, Pete Devries, Phil Dick, Jeff Fontanesi, Don Goudie, Chris Gourlay, Dashiell Hamster, Rick Harding, K.

Pete Astor found himself volunteered to be a member of the band playing at a ceilidh on Saturday night, which was overcast but dry, and not particularly cold.

I got hold of Pete Cowdy, that I knowed was a stoolie, and had him sneak me into your office, Joe.

Pete needs on top of Celia dying, the deadfall burning, and Jill cracking up.

The notion had come to pieces when he had reached Dexie Jordan, the Laid-Back One, and then Pete Astor, the Other Laid-Back One.

Pete shouldered his way between Dob and Kyle, pushing them apart so that Kyle and Molly were standing close again.

Pete Ballou, who had reached the front steps with Silk Dowdy, issued a sharp command.

Pete Ballou and Silk Dowdy, standing outside, saw their men come sprawling forth.