Definitions for PATpæt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

patpæt(v.; n.)pat•ted, pat•ting

  1. (v.t.)to strike lightly, as with the hand or a small object.

  2. to stroke or tap gently with the palm or fingers as an expression of affection, approbation, etc.

  3. (v.i.)to strike lightly or gently.

  4. to walk or run with light footsteps.

  5. (n.)a light stroke, tap, or blow, as with the hand.

  6. the sound of a light stroke or of light footsteps.

  7. a small piece, usu. flat and square, formed by patting, cutting, etc.:

    a pat of butter.

Idioms for pat:

  1. pat on the back,praise, congratulations, or encouragement.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of pat:

1375–1425; late ME, blow, stroke


  1. exactly to the point or purpose; apt; opportune.

  2. excessively glib; unconvincingly facile:

    pat answers.

  3. learned, known, or mastered perfectly or exactly:

    to have something pat.

  4. (adv.)exactly or perfectly.

  5. aptly; opportunely.

Idioms for pat:

  1. stand pat, to cling firmly to one's decision, policy, or beliefs. (in draw poker) to play a hand as dealt, without replacing any cards.

    Category: Idiom, Games

Origin of pat:

1570–80; orig. adverbial use of pat1, as in obs. to hit pat to strike accurately



  1. patent.

  2. patented.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pat, rap, tap(noun)

    the sound made by a gentle blow

  2. tap, pat, dab(adj)

    a light touch or stroke

  3. glib, pat, slick(adj)

    having only superficial plausibility

    "glib promises"; "a slick commercial"

  4. pat(verb)

    exactly suited to the occasion

    "a pat reply"

  5. chuck, pat(verb)

    pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin

  6. dab, pat(adverb)

    hit lightly

    "pat him on the shoulder"

  7. pat(adverb)

    completely or perfectly

    "he has the lesson pat"; "had the system down pat"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pat(verb)æt

    to tap lightly several times with the palm of your hand

    He patted her gently on the back.; a girl patting a dog

  2. pat(noun)æt

    the act of patting

    He gave the child a gentle pat on the back.


  1. Pat(ProperNoun)

    A short form of the female given name Patricia.

  2. Pat(ProperNoun)

    A short form of the male given name Patrick.

  3. Origin: Originally probably imitative .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pat(verb)

    to strike gently with the fingers or hand; to stroke lightly; to tap; as, to pat a dog

  2. Pat(noun)

    a light, quik blow or stroke with the fingers or hand; a tap

  3. Pat(noun)

    a small mass, as of butter, shaped by pats

  4. Pat(adj)

    exactly suitable; fit; convenient; timely

  5. Pat(adverb)

    in a pat manner


  1. Pat

    Pat is an androgynous fictional character created and performed by Julia Sweeney for the American sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, and later featured in the film It's Pat. The central aspect of sketches featuring Pat was the inability of others to determine the character's gender.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PAT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2476

Anagrams of PAT

  1. APT, ap't, apt, apt., ATP, PTA, TAP, tap

Translations for PAT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a light, gentle blow or touch, usually with the palm of the hand and showing affection

She gave the child a pat on the head.

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