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pitter-patter

[pit-er-pat-er] /ˈpɪt ərˈpæt ər/
noun
1.
the sound of a rapid succession of light beats or taps, as of rain, footsteps, etc.
verb (used without object)
2.
to produce or move with this sound:
She pitter-pattered along the hallway.
adverb
3.
with such a sound:
to run pitter-patter through the house.
Origin
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English: a babbled prayer; perhaps imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for pitter patter

pitter-patter

/ˈpɪtəˌpætə/
noun
1.
the sound of light rapid taps or pats, as of raindrops
verb
2.
(intransitive) to make such a sound
adverb
3.
with such a sound: the rain fell pitter-patter on the window
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