pat

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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


Nearby words

  1. pasture,
  2. pasture rose,
  3. pastureland,
  4. pasty,
  5. pasty-faced,
  6. pat on the back,
  7. pat-a-cake,
  8. pat-down,
  9. pat.,
  10. pat. off.

Idioms

Origin of pat

1
1375–1425; late Middle English pat blow, stroke, apparently of expressive orig.

Related formsun·pat·ted, adjective

pat

2
[pat]

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

Pat

[pat]

noun

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

PAT

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

pat.

patented.

McCormick

[muh-kawr-mik]

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.

Nixon

[nik-suh n]

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

pat

1

verb pats, patting or patted

to hit (something) lightly with the palm of the hand or some other flat surfaceto pat a ball
to slap (a person or animal) gently, esp on the back, as an expression of affection, congratulation, etc
(tr) to shape, smooth, etc, with a flat instrument or the palm
(intr) to walk or run with light footsteps
pat someone on the back informal to congratulate or encourage someone

noun

a light blow with something flat
a gentle slap
a small mass of somethinga pat of butter
the sound made by a light stroke or light footsteps
pat on the back informal a gesture or word indicating approval or encouragement

Word Origin for pat

C14: perhaps imitative

adverb

Also: off pat exactly or fluently memorized or masteredhe recited it pat
opportunely or aptly
stand pat
  1. mainly US and Canadianto 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

noun

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

Word Origin for pat

C20: rhyming slang, from Pat Malone

Pat

noun

an informal name for an Irishman

Word Origin for Pat

from Patrick

McCormick

noun

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

Nixon

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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Word Origin and History for pat
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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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