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pat·ter 1

 (păt′ər)
v. pat·tered, pat·ter·ing, pat·ters
v.intr.
1. To make a quick succession of light soft tapping sounds: Rain pattered steadily against the glass.
2. To move with quick, light, softly audible steps.
v.tr.
To cause to patter.
n.
A quick succession of light soft tapping sounds: the patter of rain on the rooftops.

[Frequentative of pat.]

pat·ter 2

 (păt′ər)
v. pat·tered, pat·ter·ing, pat·ters
v.intr.
1. To speak or chatter glibly and rapidly.
2. To mumble prayers in a mechanical manner.
v.tr.
To utter in a glib, rapid, or mechanical manner.
n.
1. The jargon of a particular group; cant.
2. Glib rapid speech, as of an auctioneer, salesperson, or comedian.
3. Meaningless talk; chatter.

[Middle English pateren, shortening and alteration of paternoster, paternoster (from the mechanical and rapid recitation of the prayer); see paternoster.]

pat′ter·er n.

patter

(ˈpætə)
vb
1. (intr) to walk or move with quick soft steps
2. to strike with or make a quick succession of light tapping sounds
3. (tr) rare to cause to patter
n
a quick succession of light tapping sounds, as of feet: the patter of mice.
[C17: from pat1]

patter

(ˈpætə)
n
1. the glib rapid speech of comedians, salesmen, etc
2. quick idle talk; chatter
3. the jargon of a particular group; lingo
vb
4. (intr) to speak glibly and rapidly
5. to repeat (prayers) in a mechanical or perfunctory manner
[C14: from Latin pater in Pater Noster Our Father]

pat•ter1

(ˈpæt ər)

v.i.
1. to make a rapid succession of light taps.
2. to move or walk lightly or quickly.
v.t.
3. to cause to patter.
4. to spatter with something.
n.
5. a rapid succession of light tapping sounds.
6. the act of pattering.
[1605–15; pat1 + -er6]

pat•ter2

(ˈpæt ər)

n., v.
1. glib and rapid talk used to attract attention, entertain, etc.
2. meaningless, rapid talk; chatter.
3. amusing lines delivered rapidly by an entertainer or performer.
4. the jargon or cant of any class, group, etc.
v.i.
5. to talk glibly or rapidly, esp. with little regard to meaning; chatter.
v.t.
6. to repeat or say rapidly or glibly.
[1375–1425; Middle English pateren to say the paternoster, pray mechanically; see pater]

pat•ter3

(ˈpæt ər)

n.
a person or thing that pats.

patter


Past participle: pattered
Gerund: pattering

Imperative
patter
patter
Present
I patter
you patter
he/she/it patters
we patter
you patter
they patter
Preterite
I pattered
you pattered
he/she/it pattered
we pattered
you pattered
they pattered
Present Continuous
I am pattering
you are pattering
he/she/it is pattering
we are pattering
you are pattering
they are pattering
Present Perfect
I have pattered
you have pattered
he/she/it has pattered
we have pattered
you have pattered
they have pattered
Past Continuous
I was pattering
you were pattering
he/she/it was pattering
we were pattering
you were pattering
they were pattering
Past Perfect
I had pattered
you had pattered
he/she/it had pattered
we had pattered
you had pattered
they had pattered
Future
I will patter
you will patter
he/she/it will patter
we will patter
you will patter
they will patter
Future Perfect
I will have pattered
you will have pattered
he/she/it will have pattered
we will have pattered
you will have pattered
they will have pattered
Future Continuous
I will be pattering
you will be pattering
he/she/it will be pattering
we will be pattering
you will be pattering
they will be pattering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pattering
you have been pattering
he/she/it has been pattering
we have been pattering
you have been pattering
they have been pattering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pattering
you will have been pattering
he/she/it will have been pattering
we will have been pattering
you will have been pattering
they will have been pattering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pattering
you had been pattering
he/she/it had been pattering
we had been pattering
you had been pattering
they had been pattering
Conditional
I would patter
you would patter
he/she/it would patter
we would patter
you would patter
they would patter
Past Conditional
I would have pattered
you would have pattered
he/she/it would have pattered
we would have pattered
you would have pattered
they would have pattered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.patter - plausible glib talk (especially useful to a salesperson)
communication channel, channel, line - (often plural) a means of communication or access; "it must go through official channels"; "lines of communication were set up between the two firms"
2.patter - a quick succession of light rapid sounds; "the patter of mice"; "the patter of tiny feet"
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
Verb1.patter - rain gently; "It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick"
rain, rain down - precipitate as rain; "If it rains much more, we can expect some flooding"
2.patter - make light, rapid and repeated sounds; "gently pattering rain"
sound, go - make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"

patter

1
verb
1. tap, beat, pat, pelt, spatter, rat-a-tat, pitter-patter, pitapat All night the sleet pattered on the tin roof.
2. walk lightly, trip, skip, scuttle, scurry, tiptoe He jumped up and pattered across the room.
noun
1. tapping, pattering, pitter-patter, pitapat the patter of the driving rain on the window

patter

2
noun
1. spiel (informal), line, pitch, monologue Don't be taken in by the sales patter.
2. chatter, prattle, nattering, jabber, gabble, yak (slang) the cheery patter of DJs
3. jargon, slang, vernacular, cant, lingo (informal), patois, argot the famous Glasgow patter
Translations
طَقْطَقَهيُطَقْطِقُ
cupitatpleskáníťapkatťukání
trommetrommen
tipl, dropahljóîtrítla, tipla, falla meî dropahljóîi
tapsenimastapsentiteškenimasteškenti
dipētdipoņatekalēt
škrebljanješkrebljatitopotanje
pıtırdamakpıtırtıtıpırdamaktıpırtı

patter

1 [ˈpætəʳ]
A. N (= talk) → labia f; [of salesman] → rollo m, discursito m
the guy has some very clever patterel tipo or (Sp) el tío tiene unos argumentos muy hábiles
B. VI (also to patter on) → charlar, parlotear (about de)

patter

2 [ˈpætəʳ]
A. N [of feet] → golpeteo m; [of rain] → tamborileo m
we shall soon hear the patter of tiny feet (hum) → pronto habrá un niño en la casa
B. VI [feet] → golpetear; (rain) → golpetear, tamborilear (also to patter about) [person, small animal] → corretear
he pattered over to the doorfue con pasos ligeros a la puerta

patter

[ˈpætər]
n
(= sound) [rain] → crépitement m
the patter of the child's feet → le trottinement de l'enfant
(= sales talk) → boniment m
(= story, account)
her automatic patter about how busy she was → son histoire habituelle pour expliquer qu'elle était très occupée
vi [rain] → crépiter; [person] → trottiner

patter

n
(of feet)Getrippel nt; (of rain)Platschen nt; the patter of tiny feet (fig)Kindergetrappel nt
(of salesman, comedian, conjurer, disc jockey)Sprüche pl (inf); to start one’s patterseine Sprüche loslassen; you’ll never pick up a girl unless you’re good with the patter (inf)du wirst nie eine Freundin aufreißen, wenn du nicht gut quatschen kannst (inf); to have a good line in patter (of comedian, disc jockey etc)gute Sprüche draufhaben or auf Lager haben (inf); sales patterVertretersprüche pl
(inf: = jargon) → Fachjargon m (inf)
vi (person, feet)trippeln; (rain: also patter down) → platschen

patter

1 [ˈpætəʳ] n (comedian's) → monologo; (conjuror's) → chiacchiere fpl; (sales talk) → discorsetto imbonitore

patter

2 [ˈpætəʳ]
1. n (of feet) → scalpiccio; (of rain) → picchiettio
2. vi (person) → trotterellare; (rain) → picchiettare

patter

(ˈpӕtə) verb
(of rain, footsteps etc) to make a quick, tapping sound. She heard the mice pattering behind the walls.
noun
the sound made in this way. the patter of rain on the roof.
References in classic literature ?
Ebenezer Cowley, the man who stood in the store listening to the eager patter of words that fell from the lips of the traveling man, was tall and lean and looked unwashed.
The boys were being put to bed; the patter of their bare, escaping feet could be heard occasionally, as well as the pursuing voice of the quadroon, lifted in mild protest and entreaty.
The Indian chief paused another moment to consider the signs of the contest, which was now rolling rapidly up the ascent, a certain evidence that the Delawares triumphed; nor did he actually quit the place until admonished of the proximity of his friends, as well as enemies, by the bullets of the former, which began to patter among the dried leaves on the ground, like the bits of falling hail which precede the bursting of the tempest.
The first night we were there, we went to bed and to sleep early; but I awoke at the end of two or three hours, and lay a comfortable while listening to the soothing patter of the rain against the balcony windows.
Then Chaka held up his hand, and there was a patter of running feet.
As I write I hear in the still house the running of little feet, a fairy patter sweet and terrible to the heart.
Go patter thy petitions to heaven,'' said the fierce Norman, ``for we on earth have no time to listen to them.
AT length there was a pitter- patter, pitter-patter, and some bits of mortar fell from the wall above.
When at last, as by the touching of a spring, he returned again to clearness of consciousness and even a measure of composure, the bells had but just done ringing, and the Sabbath silence was still marred by the patter of belated feet.
Now slow The plectrum led to prayer the cloistered chords, Now loudly with the crash of falling rain, Now soft as the leaf whispering of words, Now loud and soft together as the long Patter of pearls and seed-pearls on a dish Of marble; liquid now as from the bush Warbles the mango bird; meandering Now as the streamlet seawards; voiceless now As the wild torrent in the strangling arms Of her ice-lover, lying motionless, Lulled in a passion far too deep for sound.
It is a gusty night of autumn, with frequent showers that patter down upon the pavement, and are gone before a man can put up his umbrella.
It was as much as Kim could remember of his own treatment in a bout of autumn malaria - if you except the patter that he added to impress the lama.