You read a lot of patter about this presidential election being surprisingly tame.
The scenes are succinct, by and large; the patter of the characters rolls right along, whether you catch their drift or not.
Her father, Frederick Dalziel, was British and with a bearing and patter that suggested far more wealth than he had.
There was a patter of applause from the gallery, started by Gilman and Cyril.
There was a patter of feet on the terrace, a chorus of voices: "What is it, Ricky?"
As I entered I heard a peculiar, soft sound above the patter of the fountain.
There was a patter of feet, and a faint snarling—the sound of a blow.
The rifles are fired continually; the bullets keep whistling above our trench and patter against the branches.
Above the patter of the rain he heard the putt-putt of a motor launch.
An instant and she heard the patter of running feet behind her.
"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]