- with a quick succession of beats or taps: Her heart beat pitapat with excitement.
- the movement or the sound of something going pitapat: the pitapat of hail on a roof.
- to go pitapat.
Origin of pitapat
First recorded in 1515–25; imitative gradational compound
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Examples from the Web for pitapat
"Yes, miss," said Pitapat, who thought that her mistress was complimenting her.Hidden Hand</p>
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
She walks the deck; and tick, tick, pitapat, go the four little paws after her.Palmetto-Leaves
Harriet Beecher Stowe
And Stempenju dissolves on his violin and melts like wax; pitapat is all you may hear.
In a moment there was a curious tearing sound, and then a pitapat on the ground about them.Under Fire For Servia
Colonel James Fiske
Just as she was ready to open, she heard the pitapat of little Nanna's steps on the bridge from the bank.Mary
- with quick light taps or beats
- (intr) to make quick light taps or beats
- such taps or beats
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