Definition of pat adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//pæt//
; NAmE NAmE//pæt//
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(usually disapproving) (of an answer, a comment, etc.) too quick, easy or simple; not seeming natural or realistic synonym glib The ending of the novel is a little too pat to be convincing. There are no pat answers to these questions. Word Originadjective late 16th cent.: related to pat (verb); apparently originally symbolic: a frequently found early use was hit pat (i.e. hit as if with flat blow).
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