12th cent. From Latin petere "to seek."
From Proto-Italic *pet-e/o- 'id.' Perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *pt-i̯ "to fly (towards)," but the sense evolution is obscure.
Romance: Western Vulgar Latin: Portuguese pedir ; Eastern Vulgar Latin: Romanian peți ; Sardinian: pedire
Italic: Venetic ekvopetaris? "of a horse-rider"