pitter-patter

See also: pitterpatter

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From a reduplication of patter.

PronunciationEdit

  • (file)

NounEdit

pitter-patter (uncountable)

  1. A soft, percussive sound, as of tiny feet, or of rain on a rooftop.
    • 1898, H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, London: William Heinemann, page 237:
      Once or twice I heard a faint pitter-patter like the feet of the dog going hither and thither on the sand far below me, and there were more bird-like sounds, but that was all.

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