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pitapat

[pit-uh-pat] /ˈpɪt əˌpæt/
adverb
1.
with a quick succession of beats or taps:
Her heart beat pitapat with excitement.
noun
2.
the movement or the sound of something going pitapat:
the pitapat of hail on a roof.
verb (used without object), pitapatted, pitapatting.
3.
to go pitapat.
Origin of pitapat
1515-1525
1515-25; imitative gradational compound
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  • Just as she was ready to open, she heard the pitapat of little Nanna's steps on the bridge from the bank.

    Mary Bjornstjerne Bjornson
  • And Stempenju dissolves on his violin and melts like wax; pitapat is all you may hear.

  • In a moment there was a curious tearing sound, and then a pitapat on the ground about them.

    Under Fire For Servia Colonel James Fiske
  • On the outer side of the lawn wall the moonbeams fell full upon the little figure of pitapat waiting there.

    Hidden Hand Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • "Yes, miss," said pitapat, who thought that her mistress was complimenting her.

    Hidden Hand Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • There was pitapat flitting about the bed in momentary danger of looking under it!

    Hidden Hand Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • She walks the deck; and tick, tick, pitapat, go the four little paws after her.

    Palmetto-Leaves Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Scolding and pushing pitapat out before her, she closed the door with a bang.

    Hidden Hand Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • Mrs. Condiment was knitting, Capitola stitching a bosom for the major's shirts and pitapat winding yarn from a reel.

    Hidden Hand Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • pitapat could not scream, for though her mouth was wide open, her breath was quite gone.

    Hidden Hand Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
British Dictionary definitions for pitapat

pitapat

/ˌpɪtəˈpæt/
adverb
1.
with quick light taps or beats
verb -pats, -patting, -patted
2.
(intransitive) to make quick light taps or beats
noun
3.
such taps or beats
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