Definition of pit-a-pat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpidəˌpat/
(also pitapat)


With a sound like quick light steps or taps: my heart goes pit-a-pat
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  • Our hearts went pitapat when we received the news that the inventors were all set to snap up the million-dollar prize.
  • Consequently, I'm doubly grateful for a CD of Rosner's orchestral music, and the designation ‘Volume 1 ‘makes my heart go pit-a-pat.’
  • By way of illustration, he invited his readers to ‘fancy Mr. Neville Chamberlain having twenty-five feet of intestines and a heart going pit-a-pat all the time.’


[in singular]
A sound like quick light taps.


Early 16th century: imitative of alternating sounds.

Words that rhyme with pit-a-pat

at, bat, brat, cat, chat, cravat, drat, expat, fat, flat, frat, gat, gnat, hat, hereat, high-hat, howzat, lat, mat, matt, matte, Montserrat, Nat, outsat, pat, plait, plat, prat, Rabat, rat, rat-tat, Sadat, sat, scat, Sebat, shabbat, shat, skat, slat, spat, splat, sprat, stat, Surat, tat, that, thereat, tit-for-tat, vat, whereat

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