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pitter-patter

[pit-er-pat-er]
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noun
  1. the sound of a rapid succession of light beats or taps, as of rain, footsteps, etc.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to produce or move with this sound: She pitter-pattered along the hallway.
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adverb
  1. with such a sound: to run pitter-patter through the house.
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Origin of pitter-patter

1400–50; late Middle English: a babbled prayer; perhaps imitative
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  • Then came the pitter-patter of claws upon the smooth surface of the ice.

    A Sub and a Submarine

    Percy F. Westerman

  • She had not gone far when she heard the pitter-patter of feet.

  • The noise kept on, "pitter-patter; pitter-patter-patter-pitter; pat-pit-pat-pit."

  • Up and down the children ran, with a pitter-patter of clamouring feet on the leads.

  • The others followed, pitter-patter down the stairs, and along the gravelled path.


British Dictionary definitions for pitter-patter

pitter-patter

noun
  1. the sound of light rapid taps or pats, as of raindrops
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verb
  1. (intr) to make such a sound
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adverb
  1. with such a soundthe rain fell pitter-patter on the window
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