patter Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"patter" in British English

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patternoun

uk   /ˈpæt.ər/  us   /ˈpæt̬.ɚ/

patter noun (SPEECH)

[U] continuous and sometimes ​funnyspeech 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 ​repeatedlyhitting a ​surface: I ​find the patter ofrain on the ​roofsoothing.

patterverb [I usually + adv/prep]

uk   /ˈpæt.ər/  us   /ˈpæt̬.ɚ/
to make the ​sound of a lot of things ​gently and ​repeatedlyhitting a ​surface: I ​heard the ​rain patter against/on the ​window. We could ​hearmice pattering about/aroundlooking for ​food.
(Definition of patter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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patternoun [U]

 us   /ˈpæt̬·ər/

patter noun [U] (TALK)

fast, ​continuoustalk, 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, ​lighthits or ​steps: Now that she’s ​older, we have the patter of little ​feet in ​ourhallways.
(Definition of patter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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