[ pit-er-pat-er ]
/ ˈpɪt ərˈpæt ər /


the sound of a rapid succession of light beats or taps, as of rain, footsteps, etc.

verb (used without object)

to produce or move with this sound: She pitter-pattered along the hallway.


with such a sound: to run pitter-patter through the house.

Nearby words

  1. pitta bread,
  2. pittacus,
  3. pittance,
  4. pitted,
  5. pitted keratolysis,
  6. pitting,
  7. pitting edema,
  8. pittosporum,
  9. pittsburg,
  10. pittsburg landing

Origin of pitter-patter

1400–50; late Middle English: a babbled prayer; perhaps imitative

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British Dictionary definitions for pitter-patter


/ (ˈpɪtəˌpætə) /


the sound of light rapid taps or pats, as of raindrops


(intr) to make such a sound


with such a soundthe rain fell pitter-patter on the window
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