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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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.

Origin

early 17th century: frequentative of pat1.

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There are 2 definitions of patter in English:

patter2

Line breaks: pat¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈpatə
 
/

noun

[mass noun]

verb

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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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