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Definition of patter noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[singular] the sound that is made by something repeatedly hitting a surface quickly and lightly the patter of feet/footsteps the patter of rain on the roof
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] fast continuous talk by someone who is trying to sell you something or entertain you sales patter
  3. Idioms
    the patter of tiny feet (informal or humorous)
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    a way of referring to children when someone wants, or is going to have, a baby We can't wait to hear the patter of tiny feet.
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