patter

Part of speech: verb

To make a succession of light, rattling sounds, as drops of rain.

Part of speech: verb

To mutter; jabber.

Part of speech: noun

A succession of pats or taps; a pattering sound; glib talk; chatter.

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Usage examples "patter":

  1. " He's got the patter," says I. " Old friend of Auntie's, I take it?" - "Wilt Thou Torchy", Sewell Ford.
  2. Thus it was that Ermine heard the quick patter of the child's steps, followed by the manly tread, and the words sounded in her ears, Aunt Ermine, there's a gentleman, and he has a great beard, and he says he is papa's old friend! - "The Clever Woman of the Family", Charlotte M. Yonge.
  3. She vanished the next moment, with a patter of bare feet, leaving Dane to stare blankly at the folded paper. - "The League of the Leopard", Harold Bindloss.