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pat

1
[ pat ]
/ pæt /
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verb (used with object), pat·ted, pat·ting.

verb (used without object), pat·ted, pat·ting.

to strike lightly or gently.
to walk or run with light footsteps.

noun

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RELATED WORDS

fitting, plumb, fondle, hit, form, dab, pet, tip, rub, punch, slap, whittle, beat, stroke, caress, mold, massage, cake, portion, piece

Nearby words

pasture, pasture rose, pastureland, pasty, pasty-faced, pat, pat on the back, pat-a-cake, pat-down, pat., pat. off.

Idioms

Origin of pat

1
1375–1425; late Middle English pat blow, stroke, apparently of expressive orig.
SYNONYMS FOR pat
Related formsun·pat·ted, adjective

Definition for pat (2 of 7)

pat

2
[ pat ]
/ pæt /

adjective

exactly to the point or purpose; apt; opportune: a pat solution to a problem.
excessively glib; unconvincingly facile: His answers were too pat to suit the examining board.
learned, known, or mastered perfectly or exactly: to have something pat.

adverb

exactly or perfectly.
aptly; opportunely.

Origin of pat

2
1570–80; orig. adverbial use of pat1, as obsolete to hit pat to strike accurately
Related formspat·ness, nounpat·ter, noun

Definition for pat (3 of 7)

Pat

[ pat ]
/ pæt /

noun

a male given name, form of Patrick.
a female given name, form of Patricia.

Definition for pat (4 of 7)

PAT


Football. point after touchdown; points after touchdown.
Banking. preauthorized automatic transfer.

Definition for pat (5 of 7)

pat.


patented.

Definition for pat (6 of 7)

McCormick

[ muh-kawr-mik ]
/ məˈkɔr mɪk /

noun

Anne Elizabeth O'Hare,1882–1954, U.S. journalist, born in England.
Cyrus Hall,1809–84, U.S. inventor, especially of harvesting machinery.
PatriciaPat, born 1930, U.S. diver.
Robert Rutherford,1880–1955, U.S. newspaper publisher.

Definition for pat (7 of 7)

Nixon

[ nik-suh n ]
/ ˈnɪk sən /

noun

Richard M(il·hous) [mil-hous] /ˈmɪl haʊs/, 1913–94, 37th president of the U.S., 1969–74 (resigned).
his wifeThelma Catherine RyanPat, 1912–93, U.S. First Lady 1969–74.
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British Dictionary definitions for pat (1 of 6)

pat

1
/ (pæt) /

verb pats, patting or patted

noun

Word Origin for pat

C14: perhaps imitative

British Dictionary definitions for pat (2 of 6)

pat

2
/ (pæt) /

adverb

Also: off pat exactly or fluently memorized or masteredhe recited it pat
opportunely or aptly
stand pat
  1. mainly US and Canadian to refuse to abandon a belief, decision, etc
  2. (in poker, etc) to play without adding new cards to the hand dealt

adjective

exactly right for the occasion; apta pat reply
too exactly fitting; gliba pat answer to a difficult problem
exactly righta pat hand in poker

Word Origin for pat

C17: perhaps adverbial use (``with a light stroke'') of pat 1

British Dictionary definitions for pat (3 of 6)

pat

3
/ (pæt) /

noun

on one's pat Australian informal alone; on one's own

Word Origin for pat

C20: rhyming slang, from Pat Malone

British Dictionary definitions for pat (4 of 6)

Pat

/ (pæt) /

noun

an informal name for an Irishman

Word Origin for Pat

from Patrick

British Dictionary definitions for pat (5 of 6)

McCormick

/ (məˈkɔːmɪk) /

noun

Cyrus Hall. 1809–84, US inventor of the reaping machine (1831)

British Dictionary definitions for pat (6 of 6)

Nixon

/ (ˈnɪksən) /

noun

Richard M (ilhous). 1913–94, US Republican politician; 37th president from 1969 until he resigned over the Watergate scandal in 1974
Derived FormsNixonian (nɪkˈsəʊnɪən), adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with pat

pat


In addition to the idiom beginning with pat

  • pat on the back

also see:

  • stand pat
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