Pronunciation: (pat'ur),[key] —v.i. 1. to make a rapid succession of light taps: Raindrops patter on the windowpane. 2. to move or walk lightly or quickly: The child pattered across the room.
—v.t. 1. to cause to patter.
2. to spatter with something.
—n. 1. a rapid succession of light tapping sounds: the steady patter of rain on the tin roof. 2. the act of pattering.
Pronunciation: (pat'ur),[key] —n. 1. meaningless, rapid talk; mere chatter; gabble.
2. the usually glib and rapid speech or talk used by a magician while performing, a barker at a circus or sideshow, a comedian or other entertainer, a vendor of questionable wares, or the like; stylized or rehearsed talk used to attract attention, entertain, etc.
3. amusing lines delivered rapidly by an entertainer or performer, as in a comic routine or in a song.
4. the jargon or cant of any class, group, etc.
—v.i. 1. to talk glibly or rapidly, esp. with little regard to meaning; chatter.
2. to repeat a paternoster or other prayer in a rapid, mechanical way.
—v.t. 1. to recite or repeat (prayers, verses, etc.) in a rapid, mechanical way.
2. to repeat or say rapidly or glibly.
Pronunciation: (pat'ur),[key] —n. a person or thing that pats.