pat|ter1 [ `pætər ] verb intransitive
1. ) patter against/on etc to make a series of short quiet sounds by falling onto or hitting a surface:
Rain pattered against the window.
2. ) patter over/along etc to walk or run somewhere, making a series of short quiet sounds with your feet:
Lily pattered over to the window.
pat|ter 2 [ `pætər ] noun
1. ) singular a series of short quiet sounds caused by something falling onto or hitting a surface or by someone walking or running:
patter of: He heard the patter of feet behind him.
the patter of rain on the roof
2. ) singular or uncount very fast continuous talk from someone who is entertaining people or who is trying to sell something:
Don't get carried away by the sales patter.
the patter of tiny feet HUMOROUS
used for saying that someone is going to have a baby:
She hopes to be hearing the patter of tiny feet very soon.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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