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Definition of patter verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they patter
    he / she / it patters
    past simple pattered
    -ing form pattering
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  1. 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. to make quick, light sounds as a surface is being hit several times Rain pattered against the window.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to walk with light steps in a particular direction I heard her feet pattering along the corridor.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: patter