[ 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.


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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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