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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- To eat.
- n. A quick succession of small sounds: as, the patter of rain or hail; the patter of little feet.
- 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.
- 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)
The only similar patter is the Roaring 20′s, but on a much smaller scale.
I can't imagine a Spielberg film ending with a young boy watching a senator speak on TV and turning away because his patter is utterly irrelevant and probably full of lies.
Personally, I see no break from the longer term patter established beginning last April, although I very much want to see declines from 480,000 in the next couple of weeks.
And for the first time, I actually listen to the patter from the little guys fighting and dying on our screen; We're fucking dying over here!
In the first of his four nights at the Metropolitan, it was impossible to miss the polarized extremes of his presentation: In his onstage patter, which is a wry parody of the pretentious things that performers say and critics write, he is slyly understated and as dry as six martinis.
At first, she thought it was simply his natural, outward-looking character, but when he time and again slid around her carefully posed questions, when she caught a flicker of his lashes, and a sharp, far-from-innocent glance, she realized his patter was a shield of sorts — a defense he deployed, all but instinctively, against women who wanted to get to know him.
What our great ballad-writers call the patter of tiny feet is stilled.
The patter was an integral part of the show, and clearly road-tested: She knew she'd get a laugh when she said the songs on "Interpretations" were written by young Britons "who were high" and had to be revamped for "a 65-year-old black woman who was drunk."
"It makes my heart patter, like that" -- she made her little fingers "patter" - "to be wooed even by a Yankee.
The sales people I work with are learning how to listen more, to cut out the 'patter' and build relationships.