patter

1 [pat-er]
verb (used without object)
1.
to make a rapid succession of light taps: Raindrops patter on the windowpane.
2.
to move or walk lightly or quickly: The child pattered across the room.
verb (used with object)
3.
to cause to patter.
4.
to spatter with something.
noun
5.
a rapid succession of light tapping sounds: the steady patter of rain on the tin roof.
6.
the act of pattering.

Origin:
1605–15; pat1 + -er6


1. pat, beat, rap pelt.
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patter

2 [pat-er]
noun
1.
meaningless, rapid talk; mere chatter; gabble.
2.
the usually glib and rapid speech or talk used by a magician while performing, a barker at a circus or sideshow, a comedian or other entertainer, a vendor of questionable wares, or the like; stylized or rehearsed talk used to attract attention, entertain, etc.
3.
amusing lines delivered rapidly by an entertainer or performer, as in a comic routine or in a song.
4.
the jargon or cant of any class, group, etc.
verb (used without object)
5.
to talk glibly or rapidly, especially with little regard to meaning; chatter.
6.
to repeat a paternoster or other prayer in a rapid, mechanical way.
verb (used with object)
7.
to recite or repeat (prayers, verses, etc.) in a rapid, mechanical way.
8.
to repeat or say rapidly or glibly.

Origin:
1375–1425; Middle English pateren to say the paternoster, pray mechanically; see pater

patterer, paterist, noun

patter

3 [pat-er]
noun
a person or thing that pats.

Origin:
pat1 + -er1

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patter1 (ˈpætə)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to walk or move with quick soft steps
2.  to strike with or make a quick succession of light tapping sounds
3.  rare (tr) to cause to patter
 
n
4.  a quick succession of light tapping sounds, as of feet: the patter of mice
 
[C17: from pat1]

patter2 (ˈpætə)
 
n
1.  the glib rapid speech of comedians, salesmen, etc
2.  quick idle talk; chatter
3.  the jargon of a particular group; lingo
 
vb
4.  (intr) to speak glibly and rapidly
5.  to repeat (prayers) in a mechanical or perfunctory manner
 
[C14: from Latin pater in Pater Noster Our Father]

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Word Origin & History

patter
"make quick taps," 1611, freq. of pat (n.).

patter
"talk rapidly," c.1400, from pater "mumble prayers rapidly" (c.1300), shortened form of paternoster (q.v.). Perhaps influenced by patter (1). The noun is first recorded 1758, originally "cant language of thieves and beggars."
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Example sentences
Forthwith there came the swift patter of soft feet in pursuit.
The rice, still in its hull, falls into the boat with a soft patter.
McCartney was doing a run-through of the concert, including practice versions
  of his between-song patter.
The invasion paradox: reconciling patter and process in species invasions.
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