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Meaning of PATTER

Pronunciation:  'patur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  plausible glib talk (especially useful to a salesperson)
  2. [n]  a quick succession of light rapid sounds; "the patter of mice"; "the patter of tiny feet"
  3. [v]  make light, rapid and repeated sounds, as of rain
  4. [v]  rain gently; "It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick"

PATTER is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: line of gab, pitter-patter, pitter-patter, spatter, spiel, spit, sprinkle
 See Also: go, line, rain, rain down, sound, sound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pat"ter\, n.
    The language or oratory of a street peddler, conjurer, or the
    like, hence, glib talk; a voluble harangue; mere talk;
    chatter; also, specif., rapid speech, esp. as sometimes
    introduced in songs. [Cant or Colloq.]
  2. \Pat"ter\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pattered}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Pattering}.] [Freq. of pat to strike gently.]
    1. To strike with a quick succession of slight, sharp sounds;
       as, pattering rain or hail; pattering feet.
             The stealing shower is scarce to patter heard.
    2. To mutter; to mumble; as, to patter with the lips.
       --Tyndale. [In this sense, and in the following, perh.
       from paternoster.]
    3. To talk glibly; to chatter; to harangue. [Colloq.]
             I've gone out and pattered to get money. --Mayhew.
  3. \Pat"ter\, v. t.
    1. To spatter; to sprinkle. [R.] ``And patter the water about
       the boat.'' --J. R. Drake.
    2. [See {Patter}, v. i., 2.] To mutter; as prayers.
             [The hooded clouds] patter their doleful prayers.
    {To patter flash}, to talk in thieves' cant. [Slang]
  4. \Pat"ter\, n.
    1. A quick succession of slight sounds; as, the patter of
       rain; the patter of little feet.
    2. Glib and rapid speech; a voluble harangue.
    3. The cant of a class; patois; as, thieves's patter;
       gypsies' patter.
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