pat, rap, tap(noun)
the sound made by a gentle blow
tap, pat, dab(adj)
a light touch or stroke
glib, pat, slick(adj)
having only superficial plausibility
"glib promises"; "a slick commercial"
exactly suited to the occasion
"a pat reply"
pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin
"pat him on the shoulder"
completely or perfectly
"he has the lesson pat"; "had the system down pat"
A short form of the female given name Patricia.
A short form of the male given name Patrick.
Origin: Originally probably imitative .
to strike gently with the fingers or hand; to stroke lightly; to tap; as, to pat a dog
a light, quik blow or stroke with the fingers or hand; a tap
a small mass, as of butter, shaped by pats
exactly suitable; fit; convenient; timely
in a pat manner
Origin: [Cf. pat a light blow, D. te pas convenient, pat, where pas is fr. F. passer to pass.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pat, n. a light, quick blow, as with the hand.—v.t. to strike gently: to tap:—pr.p. pat′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. pat′ted.—Pat on the back, to mark approval by patting on the back, to patronise. [Imit.]
pat, n. a small, moulded lump of butter. [Celt., as Ir. pait, a lump.]
pat, adj. fitly: at the right time or place.—adv. Pat′ly, fitly, conveniently.—n. Pat′ness, fitness, appropriateness. [Pat, a light blow.]
What does PAT stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the PAT acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'PAT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2476
APT, ap't, apt, apt., ATP, PTA, TAP, tap
The numerical value of PAT in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of PAT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There wasn't a basis for (the pat-down).
Hi, I'm Mary Pat. I'm the wife. I'm the other half.
The Water is wide and Pat Conroy has now passed over.
It went wonderful until Pat started speaking, and I didn't like that.
I once shook hands with Pat Boone and my whole right side sobered up.
Images & Illustrations of PAT
Translations for PAT
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for PAT »
Find a translation for the PAT definition in other languages:
Select another language: