- to make a rapid succession of light taps: Raindrops patter on the windowpane.
- to move or walk lightly or quickly: The child pattered across the room.
- to cause to patter.
- to spatter with something.
- a rapid succession of light tapping sounds: the steady patter of rain on the tin roof.
- the act of pattering.
Origin of patter1
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- meaningless, rapid talk; mere chatter; gabble.
- the usually glib and rapid speech or talk used by a magician while performing, a barker at a circus or sideshow, a comedian or other entertainer, a vendor of questionable wares, or the like; stylized or rehearsed talk used to attract attention, entertain, etc.
- amusing lines delivered rapidly by an entertainer or performer, as in a comic routine or in a song.
- the jargon or cant of any class, group, etc.
- to talk glibly or rapidly, especially with little regard to meaning; chatter.
- to repeat a paternoster or other prayer in a rapid, mechanical way.
- to recite or repeat (prayers, verses, etc.) in a rapid, mechanical way.
- to repeat or say rapidly or glibly.
Origin of patter2
- a person or thing that pats.
Origin of patter3
Examples from the Web for patter
The scenes are succinct, by and large; the patter of the characters rolls right along, whether you catch their drift or not.Novelist D. Foy Dubs His Debut ‘Gutter Opera’ And Who Are We To Argue?
May 12, 2014
Her father, Frederick Dalziel, was British and with a bearing and patter that suggested far more wealth than he had.Understanding Diana Vreeland, ‘Empress of Fashion’
November 28, 2012
You read a lot of patter about this presidential election being surprisingly tame.Blood for Sale? Reagan’s Pagan Cult
May 26, 2012
There was a patter of feet from the sitting-room and Barbara came running, Petunia in her arms.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
But the rest of us have caught the patter and it makes us 'feel good'.The Prisoner
He fancied from the patter on the shingle roof, that it was raining outside.The Greater Power
The patter of feet in the hall and a knock at the door startled him.They of the High Trails
I could make ten dollars a patter if I could do it as natural as you do.The Gypsies
Charles G. Leland
- (intr) to walk or move with quick soft steps
- to strike with or make a quick succession of light tapping sounds
- (tr) rare to cause to patter
- a quick succession of light tapping sounds, as of feetthe patter of mice
- the glib rapid speech of comedians, salesmen, etc
- quick idle talk; chatter
- the jargon of a particular group; lingo
- (intr) to speak glibly and rapidly
- to repeat (prayers) in a mechanical or perfunctory manner
Word Origin and History for patter
"make quick taps," 1610s, frequentative of pat (v.). Related: Pattered; pattering. As a noun in this sense from 1844.
"talk rapidly," c.1400, from pater "mumble prayers rapidly" (c.1300), shortened form of paternoster. Perhaps influenced by patter (v.1). The related noun is first recorded 1758, originally "cant language of thieves and beggars." Cf. Devil's paternoster (1520s) "a grumbling and mumbling to oneself."
PATTERING. The maundering or pert replies of servants; also talk or palaver in order to amuse one intended to be cheated. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]