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also pitter-pat, 1520s; imitative. As a noun from 1580s.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for pit-a-pat

Historical Examples

  • Do you hear that, then—that pit-a-pat, like sheep going by on the street?

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • There it was again, pit-a-pat, pit-a-pat, very soft and coming nearer.

  • At last one day, when Dash had lost all hope, he heard the pit-a-pat of four small feet in the yard.

  • Its feet went pit-a-pat, pit-a-pat, with a horrible clanking noise like chains.

    Legends of Longdendale

    Thomas Middleton

  • My hand trembles, and my heart goes "pit-a-pat" as I think of being present at the trial.

    Cora and The Doctor

    Harriette Newell Baker