pitter-patter


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pit·ter-pat·ter

 (pĭt′ər-păt′ər)
n.
A rapid series of light tapping sounds.
intr.v. pit·ter-pat·tered, pit·ter-pat·ter·ing, pit·ter-pat·ters
To make or move with a series of light tapping sounds: rain pitter-pattering on the roof.

[Imitative.]
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pitter-patter

(ˈpɪtəˌpætə)
n
the sound of light rapid taps or pats, as of raindrops
vb
(intr) to make such a sound
adv
with such a sound: the rain fell pitter-patter on the window.
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pit•ter-pat•ter

(ˈpɪt ərˈpæt ər)

n.
1. the sound of a rapid succession of light beats or taps, as of rain or footsteps.
v.i.
2. to produce or move with this sound.
adv.
3. with such a sound.
[1400–50; late Middle English: a babbled prayer; of expressive orig.]
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pitter-patter


Past participle: pitter-pattered
Gerund: pitter-pattering

Imperative
pitter-patter
pitter-patter
Present
I pitter-patter
you pitter-patter
he/she/it pitter-patters
we pitter-patter
you pitter-patter
they pitter-patter
Preterite
I pitter-pattered
you pitter-pattered
he/she/it pitter-pattered
we pitter-pattered
you pitter-pattered
they pitter-pattered
Present Continuous
I am pitter-pattering
you are pitter-pattering
he/she/it is pitter-pattering
we are pitter-pattering
you are pitter-pattering
they are pitter-pattering
Present Perfect
I have pitter-pattered
you have pitter-pattered
he/she/it has pitter-pattered
we have pitter-pattered
you have pitter-pattered
they have pitter-pattered
Past Continuous
I was pitter-pattering
you were pitter-pattering
he/she/it was pitter-pattering
we were pitter-pattering
you were pitter-pattering
they were pitter-pattering
Past Perfect
I had pitter-pattered
you had pitter-pattered
he/she/it had pitter-pattered
we had pitter-pattered
you had pitter-pattered
they had pitter-pattered
Future
I will pitter-patter
you will pitter-patter
he/she/it will pitter-patter
we will pitter-patter
you will pitter-patter
they will pitter-patter
Future Perfect
I will have pitter-pattered
you will have pitter-pattered
he/she/it will have pitter-pattered
we will have pitter-pattered
you will have pitter-pattered
they will have pitter-pattered
Future Continuous
I will be pitter-pattering
you will be pitter-pattering
he/she/it will be pitter-pattering
we will be pitter-pattering
you will be pitter-pattering
they will be pitter-pattering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pitter-pattering
you have been pitter-pattering
he/she/it has been pitter-pattering
we have been pitter-pattering
you have been pitter-pattering
they have been pitter-pattering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pitter-pattering
you will have been pitter-pattering
he/she/it will have been pitter-pattering
we will have been pitter-pattering
you will have been pitter-pattering
they will have been pitter-pattering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pitter-pattering
you had been pitter-pattering
he/she/it had been pitter-pattering
we had been pitter-pattering
you had been pitter-pattering
they had been pitter-pattering
Conditional
I would pitter-patter
you would pitter-patter
he/she/it would pitter-patter
we would pitter-patter
you would pitter-patter
they would pitter-patter
Past Conditional
I would have pitter-pattered
you would have pitter-pattered
he/she/it would have pitter-pattered
we would have pitter-pattered
you would have pitter-pattered
they would have pitter-pattered
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pitter-patter - a series of rapid tapping sounds; "she missed the pitter-patter of little feet around the house"
pat, tap, rap - the sound made by a gentle blow
Verb1.pitter-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.pitter-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'"
Adv.1.pitter-patter - as of footsteps; "he came running pit-a-pat down the hall"
2.pitter-patter - describing a rhythmic beating; "his heart went pit-a-pat"
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Translations

pitter-patter

n (of rain)Klatschen nt; (of feet)Getrappel nt, → Getrippel nt
adv her heart went pitter-patterihr Herz klopfte or pochte
vi (rain) → platschen, klatschen; (= run)trappeln, trippeln
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pitter-patter

(pitəˈpӕtə) noun
a light, tapping sound. the pitter-patter of rain on a window.
verb
to make such a sound.
adverb
while making this sound. The mouse ran pitter-patter across the floor.
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References in classic literature ?
AT length there was a pitter- patter, pitter-patter, and some bits of mortar fell from the wall above.
Once or twice I heard a faint pitter-patter like the feet of the dog going hither and thither on the sand far below me, and there were more birdlike sounds, but that was all.
Sarah Roffe, team manager, said: "It's wonderful to hear the pitter-patter of tiny, spotty Malayan tapir feet again for only the second time ever in the zoo's long history.
Come December 26, the city's malls will pave the way for the pitter-patter of thousands of feet as the month-long extravaganza transforms the city with pop-up fashion shows, fireworks displays, and mega sales.
Safe and warm inside their tent at the end of a long day's travelling, the happy campers quickly settle down to sleep, listening to the gentle pitter-patter of rain and looking forward to what the next day brings.
These are the things that make dreamy Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes' heart go pitter-patter about J.K.
Long after putting down this book, I can still hear the pitter-patter echoes of Rubashov's footsteps, idle but frantic, worn out but restless, going back and forth in his cell.
Vicky, who enlisted Say Yes to the Dress's David Emanuel to help her choose THREE wedding dresses for her big day next year - says the pair hope to hear the pitter-patter of tiny paws.
It's catching Another Strictly star expecting the pitter-patter of tiny feet is Brendan Cole.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: The Duchess of Cambridge revealed that her family is enjoying the pitter-patter of tiny feet - after they took in a pet hamster.
I'd love to see them walk down the aisle and hear the pitter-patter of wee ginger babies' feet.
Raindrops THE pitter-patter of the rain Bouncing off my windowsill Splashing on my window Making such a din The sky is dark and overcast Filled with menacing clouds Suddenly a clap of thunder That sounded very loud The rain now heavier As it crashes off the ground A flash of lighting Cuts through the clouds A path of light against the dark sky More thunder rattles nearby Will the storm blow over?