Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[pat-n] /ˈpæt n/
any of various kinds of footwear, as a wooden shoe, a shoe with a wooden sole, a chopine, etc., to protect the feet from mud or wetness.
a separate sole attached to a shoe or boot for this purpose.
Building Trades. any stand or support, especially one of a number resting on unbroken ground as a substitute for a foundation.
Origin of patten
1350-1400; Middle English paten < Middle French patin wooden shoe, perhaps derivative of pate paw
Related forms
pattened, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for pattens
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • She heard the clatter of pattens in the room below; it was Nancy churning in the dairy.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • pattens is desperate, and he is the sort of man who will have no mercy.

    A Plucky Girl L. T. Meade
  • Tokio also wears boots, but Kyoto is noisy with pattens night and day.

  • All the pattens went in, and a new girl with them, in a one piece suit.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • In wet weather he carried a large umbrella and walked on pattens.

    Curiosities of Impecuniosity H. G. Somerville
  • There is the story of three young women slipping into their pattens and going to the well with their pitchers for water.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
  • And at the same time he would give the pattens something to worry about over night.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Mother had been very cool about the pattens, owing to nobody knowing them that we knew.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for pattens


a wooden clog or sandal on a raised wooden platform or metal ring
Word Origin
C14: from Old French patin, probably from patte paw
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pattens



late 14c., from Old French patin "clog, type of shoe" (13c.), probably from pate "paw, foot," from Gallo-Romance *pauta, ultimately perhaps imitative of the sound made by a paw. The immediate source has been sought in Celtic [Barnhart] and Germanic [OED], but evidence is wanting. Likely cognates include Provençal pauta, Catalan pote, Middle Dutch and Dutch poot, German Pfote "paw."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for pattens

Word Value for pattens

Scrabble Words With Friends