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

     

    patter

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpætə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they patter
    BrE BrE//ˈpætə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætər//
     
    he / she / it patters
    BrE BrE//ˈpætəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætərz//
     
    past simple pattered
    BrE BrE//ˈpætəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætərd//
     
    past participle pattered
    BrE BrE//ˈpætəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætərd//
     
    -ing form pattering
    BrE BrE//ˈpætərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætərɪŋ//
     
     
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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.
  3. Word Originverb early 17th cent.: frequentative of pat (verb).Extra examples Footsteps pattered across the floor. Rain pattered lightly on the window. The child’s feet pattered along the landing. The rain pattered down softly.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: patter