There are 3 translations of pat in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /pæt/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-tt-)

  • [dog/horse] darle* palmaditas a he patted her on the shoulder le dio unas palmaditas en el hombro pat the earth firm around the plant apisone bien la tierra alrededor de la planta con las manos to pat a ball botar or (Chile) darle* botes a or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) hacer* picar la pelota she patted down her hair se atusó el pelo to pat sb on the back (congratulate) felicitar a algn (lit) darle* una palmadita en la espalda a algn I patted myself on the back for remembering me congratulé de haberlo recordado, me felicité por haberlo recordado
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    • I quickly patted down my pockets and, finding nothing, I frantically checked the pavement around me.
    • If the baby stops breathing, a nurse will stimulate the baby to start breathing by patting him or touching the soles of his feet.
    • He patted me quickly on the back then scuttled off down the far end of the cat walk.


  • 1 (tap) palmadita (feminine), golpecito (masculine); (touch) toque (masculine) to give sb a pat on the back (congratulate) felicitar a algn (lit) darle* una palmadita en la espalda a algn you deserve a pat on the back for that mereces que te feliciten por eso

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There are 3 translations of pat in Spanish:



  • [pejorative/peyorativo] [answer] fácil he always has some pat excuse siempre tiene una excusa preparada
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    • All you have are pat answers and glib retorts that turn out, on ten seconds' worth of thought, to be mindless platitudes.
    • There are no glib, pat answers that will provide comfort to people of faith in the face of such an overwhelming, needless tragedy, says Christian.
    • The reason this makes me want to wash my hands of humanity forever, even though I'm sure the person that says it means no harm by spouting this kind of pat answer.


  • 1.1 (by heart) to have o know sth down o (British English/inglés británico) off pat saberse* algo al dedillo or de memoria to get o learn sth down (American English/inglés norteamericano) o (British English/inglés británico) off pat aprender algo de memoria the answer came pat respondió inmediatamente or automáticamente 1.2 (American English/inglés norteamericano) to stand pat mantenerse* en sus ( or mis etc) trece (in poker) no querer* cambiar ninguna carta

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