pat

1
[ pat ]
/ pæt /

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

Idioms for pat

Origin of pat

1
First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English pat “blow, stroke,” apparently of expressive origin

OTHER WORDS FROM pat

un·pat·ted, adjective

Definition for pat (2 of 5)

pat2
[ 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; originally adverbial use of pat1, as obsolete to hit pat to strike accurately

OTHER WORDS FROM pat

patness, nounpatter, noun

Definition for pat (3 of 5)

Pat
[ pat ]
/ pæt /

noun

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

Definition for pat (4 of 5)

PAT

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

Definition for pat (5 of 5)

pat.

patent.
patented.
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British Dictionary definitions for pat (1 of 4)

pat1
/ (pæt) /

verb pats, patting or patted

noun

Word Origin for pat

C14: perhaps imitative

British Dictionary definitions for pat (2 of 4)

pat2
/ (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 4)

pat3
/ (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 4)

Pat
/ (pæt) /

noun

an informal name for an Irishman

Word Origin for Pat

from Patrick
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Idioms and Phrases with pat

pat

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