patter

2
[ pat-er ]
/ ˈpæt ər /
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noun

verb (used without object)

to talk glibly or rapidly, especially with little regard to meaning; chatter.
to repeat a paternoster or other prayer in a rapid, mechanical way.

verb (used with object)

to recite or repeat (prayers, verses, etc.) in a rapid, mechanical way.
to repeat or say rapidly or glibly.

Nearby words

  1. patronymic,
  2. patroon,
  3. patrón,
  4. patsy,
  5. patten,
  6. patter song,
  7. pattern,
  8. pattern bargaining,
  9. pattern bombing,
  10. pattern practice

Origin of patter

2
1375–1425; Middle English pateren to say the paternoster, pray mechanically; see pater

Related formspat·ter·er, pat·er·ist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for patterer

patter

1
/ (ˈpætə) /

verb

(intr) to walk or move with quick soft steps
to strike with or make a quick succession of light tapping sounds
(tr) rare to cause to patter

noun

a quick succession of light tapping sounds, as of feetthe patter of mice

Word Origin for patter

C17: from pat 1

patter

2
/ (ˈpætə) /

noun

the glib rapid speech of comedians, salesmen, etc
quick idle talk; chatter
the jargon of a particular group; lingo

verb

(intr) to speak glibly and rapidly
to repeat (prayers) in a mechanical or perfunctory manner

Word Origin for patter

C14: from Latin pater in Pater Noster Our Father

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