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patter2

[pat-er]
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noun
  1. meaningless, rapid talk; mere chatter; gabble.
  2. the usually glib and rapid speech or talk used by a magician while performing, a barker at a circus or sideshow, a comedian or other entertainer, a vendor of questionable wares, or the like; stylized or rehearsed talk used to attract attention, entertain, etc.
  3. amusing lines delivered rapidly by an entertainer or performer, as in a comic routine or in a song.
  4. the jargon or cant of any class, group, etc.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to talk glibly or rapidly, especially with little regard to meaning; chatter.
  2. to repeat a paternoster or other prayer in a rapid, mechanical way.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to recite or repeat (prayers, verses, etc.) in a rapid, mechanical way.
  2. to repeat or say rapidly or glibly.
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Origin of patter2

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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Examples from the Web for patterer

Historical Examples

  • Sold again, and got the money, a patterer cries after having successfully deceived somebody.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • Patterer, a noisy talkative street hawker of songs, last dying speeches, &c.


British Dictionary definitions for patterer

patter1

verb
  1. (intr) to walk or move with quick soft steps
  2. to strike with or make a quick succession of light tapping sounds
  3. (tr) rare to cause to patter
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noun
  1. a quick succession of light tapping sounds, as of feetthe patter of mice
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Word Origin

C17: from pat 1

patter2

noun
  1. the glib rapid speech of comedians, salesmen, etc
  2. quick idle talk; chatter
  3. the jargon of a particular group; lingo
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verb
  1. (intr) to speak glibly and rapidly
  2. to repeat (prayers) in a mechanical or perfunctory manner
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin pater in Pater Noster Our Father
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Word Origin and History for patterer

patter

v.1

"make quick taps," 1610s, frequentative of pat (v.). Related: Pattered; pattering. As a noun in this sense from 1844.

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patter

v.2

"talk rapidly," c.1400, from pater "mumble prayers rapidly" (c.1300), shortened form of paternoster. Perhaps influenced by patter (v.1). The related noun is first recorded 1758, originally "cant language of thieves and beggars." Cf. Devil's paternoster (1520s) "a grumbling and mumbling to oneself."

PATTERING. The maundering or pert replies of servants; also talk or palaver in order to amuse one intended to be cheated. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
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