pat

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[ 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


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

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British Dictionary definitions for patted

pat

1
/ (pæt) /

verb pats, patting or patted

noun

Word Origin for pat

C14: perhaps imitative

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 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

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

Pat

/ (pæt) /

noun

an informal name for an Irishman

Word Origin for Pat

from Patrick

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Word Origin and History for patted
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Idioms and Phrases with patted

pat

In addition to the idiom beginning with pat

  • pat on the back

also see:

  • stand pat
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