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patter

noun [U]  us   /ˈpæt̬·ər/

patter noun [U] (TALK)

fast, continuous talk, esp. that of an entertainer or someone trying to sell things: Phinizy’s clever patter kept his audience in a good mood.

patter noun [U] (SOUND)

the sound of quick, light hits or steps: Now that she’s older, we have the patter of little feet in our hallways.
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