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.
amusing lines delivered rapidly by an entertainer or performer, as in a comic routine or in a song.
the jargon or cant of any class, group, etc.
verb (used without object)
to talk glibly or rapidly, especially with little regard to meaning; chatter.
to repeat a paternoster or other prayer in a rapid, mechanical way.
verb (used with object)
to recite or repeat (prayers, verses, etc.) in a rapid, mechanical way.
to repeat or say rapidly or glibly.
1375-1425; Middle English pateren to say the paternoster, pray mechanically; see pater
"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."