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Definition of PATTER

4 definitions found:

Patter \Pat"ter\, v. t.
     1. To spatter; to sprinkle. [R.] "And patter the water about the boat." --J. R. Drake. [1913 Webster]

     2. [See {Patter}, v. i., 2.] To mutter; as prayers. [1913 Webster]

              [The hooded clouds] patter their doleful prayers.
                                                    --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

     {To patter flash}, to talk in thieves' cant. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Patter \Pat"ter\, n.
     1. A quick succession of slight sounds; as, the patter of rain; the patter of little feet. [1913 Webster]

     2. Glib and rapid speech; a voluble harangue.
        [1913 Webster]

     3. The cant of a class; patois; as, thieves's patter; gypsies' patter. [1913 Webster]

     4. 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.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Patter \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. [1913 Webster]

              The stealing shower is scarce to patter heard.
                                                    --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

     2. To mutter; to mumble; as, to patter with the lips.
        --Tyndale. [In this sense, and in the following, perh. from paternoster.] [1913 Webster]

     3. To talk glibly; to chatter; to harangue. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

              I've gone out and pattered to get money. --Mayhew. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

256 Moby Thesaurus words for "patter":
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