- the sound of a rapid succession of light beats or taps, as of rain, footsteps, etc.
- to produce or move with this sound: She pitter-pattered along the hallway.
- with such a sound: to run pitter-patter through the house.
Origin of pitter-patter
1400–50; late Middle English: a babbled prayer; perhaps imitative
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Examples from the Web for pitter-patter
My heart kept up its pitter-patter as I continued reading down the thread.Daddy, How Come You’re Always Broke? Benjamin Anastas’s ‘Too Good to Be True’
October 15, 2012
Then came the pitter-patter of claws upon the smooth surface of the ice.A Sub and a Submarine
Percy F. Westerman
She had not gone far when she heard the pitter-patter of feet.The White Queen of Okoyong
The noise kept on, "pitter-patter; pitter-patter-patter-pitter; pat-pit-pat-pit."Uncle Wiggily's Adventures
Howard R. Garis
Up and down the children ran, with a pitter-patter of clamouring feet on the leads.
The others followed, pitter-patter down the stairs, and along the gravelled path.
- the sound of light rapid taps or pats, as of raindrops
- (intr) to make such a sound
- with such a soundthe rain fell pitter-patter on the window
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