I soon fell asleep, but at about 224 midnight I awoke, roused by the pattering of rain on the roof.
I could hear the pattering of their feet upon the planks as they scampered away.
The waiters, pattering over the stone floor in their bare feet, made more noise than our entire mess.
The rain is dripping from the trees without and pattering on the stone flags.
Poor Mangrove at this time was pattering close to my heels, and I could hear him chuckling and laughing to himself.
The dancing and the scurry of pattering feet had both ceased.
It proved to be the roaring of the wind, the pattering of the rain, and the angry dash of the waves.
These rain-drops are like the pattering feet of the invisible host.
Down upon him, with a pattering of feet on the gravel, flowed a river of white shimmering silk.
I close my eyes now and fancy I hear it pattering on the leaves.
"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]