See also: Pätter

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

1610s, pat +‎ -er (frequentative (indicating repeated action)),[1] of (onomatopoeia) origin.

NounEdit

patter (plural patters)

  1. A soft repeated sound, as of rain falling, or feet walking on a hard surface.
    I could hear the patter of mice running about in the dark.
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 7, in The Dust of Conflict[1]:
      The patter of feet, and clatter of strap and swivel, seemed to swell into a bewildering din, but they were almost upon the fielato offices, where the carretera entered the town, before a rifle flashed.
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VerbEdit

patter (third-person singular simple present patters, present participle pattering, simple past and past participle pattered)

  1. To make irregularly repeated sounds of low-to-moderate magnitude and lower-than-average pitch.
    The bullets pattered into the log-cabin walls.
  2. To spatter; to sprinkle.

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Etymology 2Edit

Circa 1400, from paternoster (the Lord's prayer),[1] possibly influenced by imitative sense (above), Latin pater (father), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂tḗr.

Noun attested 1758, originally referring to the cant of thieves and beggers.[1]

NounEdit

patter (countable and uncountable, plural patters)

  1. Glib and rapid speech, such as from an auctioneer or a sports commentator.
    • 1887, Gilbert and Sullivan, "My Eyes Are Fully Open", Ruddigore
      This particularly rapid, unintelligible patter isn't generally heard, and if it is it doesn't matter.
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VerbEdit

patter (third-person singular simple present patters, present participle pattering, simple past and past participle pattered)

  1. To speak glibly and rapidly, as does an auctioneer or a sports commentator.
    • 1851, Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor
      I've gone out and pattered [] to get money.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To repeat the Lord's Prayer.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To pray.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To repeat hurriedly; to mutter.
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Etymology 3Edit

pat +‎ -er (agent)

NounEdit

patter (plural patters)

  1. One who pats.
    • 1981, Jackie Cooper, Richard Kleiner, Please Shoot Dog (page 50)
      I used to hate head patters, and I have realized that all children dislike being patted on the head.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “patter”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

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patter m

  1. indefinite plural of patte

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patter

  1. indefinite feminine plural of patte