from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To make a quick succession of light soft tapping sounds: Rain pattered steadily against the glass.
- intransitive v. To move with quick, light, softly audible steps.
- transitive v. To cause to patter.
- n. A quick succession of light soft tapping sounds: the patter of rain on the rooftops.
- intransitive v. To speak or chatter glibly and rapidly.
- intransitive v. To mumble prayers in a mechanical manner.
- transitive v. To utter in a glib, rapid, or mechanical manner.
- n. The jargon of a particular group; cant.
- n. Glib rapid speech, as of an auctioneer, salesperson, or comedian.
- n. Meaningless talk; chatter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The soft sound of feet walking on a hard surface.
- v. To make irregularly repeated sounds of low-to-moderate magnitude and lower-than-average pitch.
- n. Glib and rapid speech, such as from an auctioneer, or banter during a sports event.
- v. To speak in such a way – glibly and rapidly, such as from an auctioneer, or when bantering during a sports event.
- n. One who pats.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To strike with a quick succession of slight, sharp sounds
- intransitive v. To mutter; to mumble.
- intransitive v. To talk glibly; to chatter; to harangue.
- transitive v. To spatter; to sprinkle.
- transitive v. To mutter; as prayers.
- n. A quick succession of slight sounds
- n. Glib and rapid speech; a voluble harangue.
- n. The cant of a class; patois
- n. The language or oratory of a street peddler, conjurer, or the like, hence, glib talk; a voluble harangue; mere talk; chatter; also, specif., rapid speech, esp. as sometimes introduced in songs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a quick succession of small sounds by striking against the ground or any object: as, the pattering of raindrops on a roof.
- To move with quick steps, making a succession of small sounds; hence, to make a succession of small sounds resembling those of short quick steps or of falling rain or hailstones.
- To cause to strike or beat in drops; spatter.
- n. A quick succession of small sounds: as, the patter of rain or hail; the patter of little feet.
- To repeat the Lord's Prayer; hence, generally, to pray.
- To talk; especially, to talk glibly or rapidly, as a cheap John in disposing of his wares.
- To repeat something again and again in a rapid or mumbling way; mumble; mutter.
- To repeat rapidly or often, especially in a hurried, mumbling way; repeat hurriedly and monotonously; mumble; mutter: as, to patter prayers.
- n. Talk, especially glib or fluent talk; the oratory of a cheap John in disposing of his wares.
- n. Gossip; chatter.
- n. The dialect or patois of a class; slang; cant: as, gipsies’ patter; thieves’ patter.
- To eat.
- n. Rapid phrases introduced into a song in a speaking voice: sometimes applied to the whole text of a comedy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. rain gently
- v. make light, rapid and repeated sounds
- n. a quick succession of light rapid sounds
- n. plausible glib talk (especially useful to a salesperson)
Frequentative of pat1.
Middle English pateren, shortening and alteration of paternoster, paternoster (from the mechanical and rapid recitation of the prayer); see paternoster.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1610s, pat + -er (“frequentative (indicating repeated action)”), of (onomatopoeia) origin. (Wiktionary)
Circa 1400, from paternoster ("the Lord's prayer"), possibly influenced by imitative sense (above), Latin pater ("father"), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂tḗr. (Wiktionary)
pat + -er (“agent”) (Wiktionary)