with a quick succession of beats or taps: Her heart beat pitapat with excitement.


the movement or the sound of something going pitapat: the pitapat of hail on a roof.

verb (used without object), pit·a·pat·ted, pit·a·pat·ting.

to go pitapat.

Origin of pitapat

First recorded in 1515–25; imitative gradational compound
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Examples from the Web for pitapat

Historical Examples of pitapat

  • "Yes, miss," said Pitapat, who thought that her mistress was complimenting her.

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth

  • She walks the deck; and tick, tick, pitapat, go the four little paws after her.


    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • And Stempenju dissolves on his violin and melts like wax; pitapat is all you may hear.

  • In a moment there was a curious tearing sound, and then a pitapat on the ground about them.

    Under Fire For Servia

    Colonel James Fiske

  • Just as she was ready to open, she heard the pitapat of little Nanna's steps on the bridge from the bank.


    Bjornstjerne Bjornson

British Dictionary definitions for pitapat



with quick light taps or beats

verb -pats, -patting or -patted

(intr) to make quick light taps or beats


such taps or beats
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