patter


1pat·ter

verb \ˈpa-tər\

Definition of PATTER

transitive verb
:  to say or speak in a rapid or mechanical manner
intransitive verb
1
:  to recite prayers (as paternosters) rapidly or mechanically
2
:  to talk glibly and volubly
3
:  to speak or sing rapid-fire words in a theatrical performance
pat·ter·er \-tər-ər\ noun

Origin of PATTER

Middle English patren, from paternoster
First Known Use: 14th century

2patter

noun

Definition of PATTER

1
:  a specialized lingo :  cant; especially :  the jargon of criminals (as thieves)
2
:  the spiel of a street hawker or of a circus barker
3
:  empty chattering talk
4
a (1) :  the rapid-fire talk of a comedian (2) :  the talk with which an entertainer accompanies a routine
b :  the words of a comic song or of a rapidly spoken usually humorous monologue introduced into such a song

First Known Use of PATTER

1758

3patter

verb

Definition of PATTER

intransitive verb
1
:  to strike or pat rapidly and repeatedly
2
:  to run with quick light-sounding steps
transitive verb
:  to cause to patter

Origin of PATTER

frequentative of 3pat
First Known Use: 1611

4patter

noun

Definition of PATTER

:  a quick succession of light sounds or pats

First Known Use of PATTER

1844

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