Definition of pit-a-pat in English:


Syllabification: pit-a-pat
Pronunciation: /ˈpit ə ˌpat
(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.’


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  • A sound like quick light taps.


early 16th century: imitative of alternating sounds.

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