Definition of patter noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpætə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætər//
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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 I could hear the pitter-patter of feet in the corridor.
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] fast continuous talk by somebody who is trying to sell you something or entertain you sales patter
  3. Word Originnoun sense 1 early 17th cent.: frequentative of pat (verb). noun sense 2 late Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘recite (a prayer, charm, etc.) rapidly’): from paternoster, the Lord's Prayer, especially in Latin. The current sense dates from the mid 18th cent.Idioms
    the patter of tiny feet
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    (informal or humorous) a way of referring to children when somebody wants, or is going to have, a baby We can't wait to hear the patter of tiny feet.
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