What does the word patter mean?

Usage examples for patter

  1. " He's got the patter," says I. " Old friend of Auntie's, I take it?" – Wilt Thou Torchy by 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 by 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 by Harold Bindloss