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pitter-patter

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪtəpatə
 
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Definition of pitter-patter in English:

noun

A sound like that of quick light steps or taps: the soft pitter-patter of the rain on the leaves
More example sentences
  • The only sound I can hear is the soft pitter-patter of the rain against my window.
  • Beauty is a cold, cloudy day, where all you hear is the soft pitter-patter of the falling rain.
  • The air was full of pen scratches, clashes of minds, books being taken off and placed back onto shelves, and of the pitter-patter of soft footfalls.
Synonyms
patter, tapping, pattering, drumming, drumbeat, clatter, beat, beating, tattoo, pounding, throb, pulsation, rat-a-tat, pit-a-pat, clack, click-clack, clacketing, thrum, thrumming

adverb

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With a sound like that of quick light steps or taps: footsteps that go pitter-patter
More example sentences
  • I think of you and my heart goes pitter-patter across the floor.

verb

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Move with or make a pitter-patter sound: the rain pitter-pattered on my windows

Origin

late Middle English: reduplication (expressing rhythmic repetition) of the verb patter1.

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