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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 ?
AT length there was a pitter- patter, pitter-patter, and some bits of mortar fell from the wall above.
You see," (to the prospective buyer), "I've got the entire patter for you.
You can change the patter according to the cities you're in," he explained to the Frenchman.
Continuing the patter, Collins put the performance on.
The wind was as high as ever; but to judge by the lessening patter on the windows the rain was passing away.
For a minute there was no sound in the kitchen but the little daughter's sobbing and the sympathetic patter of the rain.
As I write I hear in the still house the running of little feet, a fairy patter sweet and terrible to the heart.
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.
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.
and that these patters differ on the different fingers.
One twin's patters are never the same as his fellow twin's patters--the jury will find that the patterns upon the finger balls of the twins' hands follow this rule.
Lauren Bruce, 29, dug her extensions into Margaret Patterson's face at the Patter Bar.