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patter

noun uk   /ˈpæt.ər/ us    /ˈpæt̬.ɚ/

patter noun (SPEECH)

[U] continuous and sometimes funny speech or talk, especially used by someone trying to sell things or by an entertainer: He should succeed - he dresses well and his sales patter is slick and convincing.

patter noun (SOUND)

[S] the sound of a lot of things gently and repeatedly hitting a surface: I find the patter of rain on the roof soothing.

patter

verb [I usually + adv/prep] uk   /ˈpæt.ər/ us    /ˈpæt̬.ɚ/
to make the sound of a lot of things gently and repeatedly hitting a surface: I heard the rain patter against/on the window. We could hear mice pattering about/around looking for food.
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