from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. See pitter-patter.
  • n. A device that removes pits from fruit such as olives or cherries.
  • v. To make a pattering sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A contrivance for removing the pits from peaches, plums, and other stone fruit.
  • intransitive v. To make a pattering sound; to murmur.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To murmur; patter.
  • n. One who removes pits or stones from fruit.
  • n. An implement for removing the stones from such fruit as plums and peaches; a fruit-stoner.


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  • "...he pointed out a stormy petrel pittering up the side of a foaming roller..."

    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 271

    March 18, 2008