from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rapid series of light tapping sounds.
  • intransitive v. To make or move with a series of light tapping sounds: rain pitter-pattering on the roof.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A soft, percussive sound, as of tiny feet or rain on a rooftop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. With, or with the sound of, alternating light beats.
  • n. A sound like that of alternating light beats. Also, a pattering of words.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as pitapat; also noting a slighter and quicker beat, as of drops of water.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make light, rapid and repeated sounds
  • adv. as of footsteps
  • adv. describing a rhythmic beating
  • n. a series of rapid tapping sounds
  • v. rain gently


(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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