patter definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • to produce an instant succession of light soft tapping noises: Rain pattered steadily from the glass.
    • to go with quick, light, lightly audible measures.
    • To speak or chatter glibly and rapidly.
    • To mumble prayers in a mechanical manner.
    • To hit with a quick succession of minor, razor-sharp sounds
    • To mutter; to mumble.
    • To chat glibly; to chatter; to harangue.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To cause to patter.
    • To utter in a glib, fast, or mechanical fashion.
    • To spatter; to sprinkle.
    • To mutter; as prayers.
  • noun:
    • A quick succession of light soft tapping sounds: the patter of rain from the rooftops.
    • The jargon of a certain group; cannot.
    • Glib rapid message, by an auctioneer, salesperson, or comedian.
    • Meaningless talk; chatter.
    • The soft noise of foot walking on a hard surface.
    • Glib and quick address, particularly from an auctioneer, or banter during a sports event.
    • one that pats.
    • a fast succession of slight noises
    • Glib and rapid speech; a voluble harangue.
    • The cant of a course; patois
    • The language or oratory of a street peddler, conjurer, or even the want, therefore, glib talk; a voluble harangue; simple talk; chatter; in addition, specif., fast message, esp. as often introduced in tracks.
    • a fast succession of tiny noises: as, the patter of rainfall or hail; the patter of little feet.
    • Talk, especially glib or proficient talk; the oratory of an affordable John in losing his products.
    • Gossip; chatter.
    • The dialect or patois of a course; slang; cannot: as, gipsies’ patter; thieves’ patter.
    • fast expressions launched into a song in a speaking sound: occasionally placed on your whole text of a comedy.
    • an instant succession of light rapid sounds
    • plausible glib talk (especially useful to a salesperson)
  • verb:
    • to create irregularly duplicated sounds of low-to-moderate magnitude and lower-than-average pitch.
    • To talk in such a way – glibly and quickly, such from an auctioneer, or whenever bantering during a sports occasion.
    • rain gently
    • make light, rapid and duplicated noises
  • others:
    • to help make a fast succession of tiny sounds by hitting up against the surface or any object: as, the pattering of raindrops on a roof.
    • to go with quick actions, making a succession of small noises; hence, to produce a succession of small sounds resembling those of brief fast measures or of dropping rain or hailstones.
    • To cause to strike or beat in drops; spatter.
    • To repeat the Lord's Prayer; therefore, generally, to pray.
    • To talk; particularly, to talk glibly or rapidly, as an inexpensive John in losing his wares.
    • To duplicate one thing over and over in a rapid or mumbling way; mumble; mutter.
    • To duplicate rapidly or usually, especially in a hurried, mumbling way; repeat hurriedly and monotonously; mumble; mutter: as, to patter prayers.
    • To eat.

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