patter
Pronunciation 1610s, pat + -er, of (onomatopoeia) origin. Noun

patter (plural patters)

  1. A soft repeated sound, as of rain falling, or feet walking on a hard surface.
    I could hear the patter of mice running about in the dark.
Translations Verb

patter (patters, present participle pattering; past and past participle pattered)

  1. To make irregularly repeated sounds of low-to-moderate magnitude and lower-than-average pitch.
    The bullets pattered into the log-cabin walls.
    • The stealing shower is scarce to patter heard.
  2. To spatter; to sprinkle.
    • Patter the water about the boat.
Translations
  • Russian: бараба́нить
  • Spanish: golpetear
Noun

patter

  1. Glib and rapid speech, such as from an auctioneer or a sports commentator.
    • 1887, Gilbert and Sullivan, "My Eyes Are Fully Open", Ruddigore
      This particularly rapid, unintelligible patter isn't generally heard, and if it is it doesn't matter.
Translations Verb

patter (patters, present participle pattering; past and past participle pattered)

  1. To speak glibly and rapidly, as does an auctioneer or a sports commentator.
    • I've gone out and pattered to get money.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To repeat the Lord's Prayer.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To pray.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To repeat hurriedly; to mutter.
Translations Noun

patter (plural patters)

  1. One who pats.
    • 1981, Jackie Cooper, ‎Richard Kleiner, Please Shoot Dog (page 50)
      I used to hate head patters, and I have realized that all children dislike being patted on the head.



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