There are 2 definitions of patter in English:

patter1

Line breaks: pat¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈpatə
 
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verb

[no object]
1Make a repeated light tapping sound: a flurry of rain pattered against the window
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  • The sound of rain pattering on the roof woke Miles up.
  • The sound of rain pattering on the pavement added to my feeling of hopelessness.
  • The sound of rain pattered above her, but her face was dry. ‘I must be inside,’ she thought.
Synonyms
pitter-patter, tap, drum, clatter, beat, pound, rattle, throb, pulsate, rat-a-tat, go pit-a-pat, pit-a-pat, clack, click-clack, thrum
archaic bicker, clacket
1.1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Run with quick light steps: he quickly pattered down the stairs
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  • But I can't make myself pause and inhale the view today, instead I patter down the steps towards the rose gardens and another wedding.
  • Instead of her father's big booming steps, small feet pattered against the carpet.
  • I ran to the stair chamber, listening to the footfalls of the figure come back down the stairs with another pair of feet pattering quickly behind.
Synonyms
scurry, scuttle, skip, trip, tiptoe, walk lightly, walk on tiptoe

noun

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A repeated light tapping: the plashing patter of steady rain
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  • The typewriter's tapping turns into the patter of rain as the story he's writing fades into the picture.
  • All I can hear is the light patter of the rain outside, and the sound of water dripping from my drenched self onto the car seat.
  • Three hours later, the last people were gone, and the rain was a steady patter on the roof.
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Origin

early 17th century: frequentative of pat1.

Phrases

the patter of tiny feet

humorous Used in reference to the presence or imminent birth of a child: I had given up hope of hearing the patter of tiny feet
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  • I can hear the patter of tiny feet in nine months time.
  • Writing in the New York Times, he speaks out for the silent minority of men who wait in hope for the patter of tiny feet.
  • His mum hopes to welcome the patter of tiny feet with the clicking of knitting needles.

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There are 2 definitions of patter in English:

patter2

Line breaks: pat¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈpatə
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
1Rapid continuous talk, such as that used by a comedian or salesperson: take a friend with you to deflect the sales patter
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  • That said, we all agree that a gag works best when the punchline is not telegraphed, and when the comedian's patter at least feigns originality.
  • Is it any wonder their sales patter is slick with comments about the ‘savvy’ Irish buyers who ‘drive hard bargains’.
  • The lender will usually come up with its own estimate of rental income, which tends to be more realistic than the sales patter of letting agents.
Synonyms
rambling(s), prattle, prating, blather, blither, drivel, chatter, jabber, gabble, babble, glib talk, monologue; Scottishblether
British informal rabbiting, wittering, waffle, chuntering
archaic twaddle, clack
(sales) pitch, sales talk, line, spiel
1.1The jargon of a profession or social group: he picked up the patter from watching his dad
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  • Rhyming slang was part of the general patter of traders and others, used as much for amusement as for secret communication.
  • The young people of Spain are becoming impressed with bullfighting again, the language of the fight part of their hip patter.
Synonyms
way/manner of speaking, speech, language, idiom, vocabulary, jargon, parlance, argot, patois, cant, -speak, dialect, vernacular, idiolect, phraseology, terminology; Frenchfaçon de parler
informal lingo
1.2Rapid speech included in a song, especially for comic effect: [as modifier]: a patter song of invective
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  • Impeccable diction (even in patter songs), timing, and mimicry contributed to memorable character-monologues.
  • His diction, even in the most demanding patter songs, was wonderful.
  • He put on plays with his staff and fellows, delighting that he could dress in funny costumes and sing patter songs.

verb

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Talk at length without saying anything significant: she pattered on incessantly
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  • She pattered on and on as we walked out the ramp to the airplane and were seated in the last row of the First Class section.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English (as a verb in the sense 'recite (a prayer, charm, etc.) rapidly'): from paternoster. The noun dates from the mid 18th century.

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