Definitions for patter
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spiel, patter, line of gabnoun
plausible glib talk (especially useful to a salesperson)
a quick succession of light rapid sounds
"the patter of mice"; "the patter of tiny feet"
sprinkle, spit, spatter, patter, pitter-patterverb
"It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick"
make light, rapid and repeated sounds
"gently pattering rain"
One who pats.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
To make a noise like the quick steps of many feet.
Etymology: from patte, Fr. the foot.
Patt’ring hail comes pouring on the main,
When Jupiter descends in harden’d rain. Dryden.
The stealing shower is scarce to patter heard
By such as wander through the forest walks. James Thomson.
Patter is a prepared and practiced speech that is designed to produce a desired response from its audience. Examples of occupations with a patter might include the auctioneer, salesperson, dance caller, magician, or comedian. The term may have been a colloquial shortening of "Pater Noster", or the Lord's Prayer, and may have referred to the practice of mouthing or mumbling prayers quickly and mechanically. From this, it became a slang word for the secret and equally incomprehensible mutterings of a cant language used by beggars, thieves, fences, etc., and then the fluent plausible talk that a cheap-jack employs to pass off his goods. Many illusionists, e.g., card magicians, use patter both to enhance the show and to distract the attention of the spectators. It is thus also used of any rapid manner of talking, and of a patter-song, in which a very large number of words have to be sung at high speed to fit the music. A western square dance caller may interpolate patter—in the form of metrical lines, often of nonsense—to fill in between commands to the dancers.In some circumstances, the talk becomes a different sense of "patter": to make a series of rapid strokes or pats, as of raindrops. Here, it is a form of onomatopoeia. In certain forms of entertainment, peep shows (in the historical meaning) and Russian rayok, patter is an important component of a show. The radio DJ patter is among the roots of rapping. In hypnotherapy, the hypnotist uses a 'patter' or script to deliver positive suggestions for change to the client. In London Labour and the London Poor, Henry Mayhew divides the street-sellers of his time into two groups: the patterers, and everyone else.
A patter is a rapid, continuous, and often repetitive speech or sound, typically used to present information quickly, in a persuasive or an entertaining manner. It can also refer to the casual, conversational or informal talk or similar sound made by animals or other sounds expressed in an easy-flowing and regular manner.
to strike with a quick succession of slight, sharp sounds; as, pattering rain or hail; pattering feet
to mutter; to mumble; as, to patter with the lips
to talk glibly; to chatter; to harangue
to spatter; to sprinkle
to mutter; as prayers
a quick succession of slight sounds; as, the patter of rain; the patter of little feet
glib and rapid speech; a voluble harangue
the cant of a class; patois; as, thieves's patter; gypsies' patter
Etymology: [See Patter, v. i., 2.]
Patter is a prepared and practiced speech that is designed to produce a desired response from its audience. Examples of occupations with a patter might include the auctioneer, salesperson, dance caller, or comedian. The term was originally a colloquial shortening of "Pater Noster", and referred to the practice of mouthing or mumbling prayers quickly and mechanically, without any expression of meaning or sincerity. From this, it became a slang word for the secret and equally incomprehensible mutterings of a cant language used by beggars, thieves, gypsies, etc., and then the fluent plausible talk that a cheap-jack employs to pass off his goods. Many illusionists, e.g., card magicians, use patter both to enhance the show and to distract the attention of the spectators. It is thus also used of any rapid manner of talking, and of a patter-song, in which a very large number of words have to be sung at high speed to fit the music. A western square dance caller may interpolate patter — in the form of metrical lines, often of nonsense — to fill in between commands to the dancers. In some circumstances, the talk becomes a different sense of "patter": to make a series of rapid strokes or pats, as of raindrops. Here it a form of onomatopeia.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pat′ėr, v.i. to pat or strike often, as hailstones: to make the sound of short quick steps:—pr.p. patt′ering; pa.t. and pa.p. patt′ered. [A freq. of pat.]
pat′ėr, v.i. to repeat the Lord's Prayer: to pray: to repeat over and over again indistinctly, to mumble.—v.t. to repeat hurriedly, to mutter.—n. glib talk, chatter: the cant of a class.—ns. Patt′erer, one who sells articles on the street by speechifying; Patt′er-song, a comic song in which a great many words are sung or spoken very rapidly.—Patter flash, to talk the jargon of thieves. [Pater-noster.]
The numerical value of patter in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of patter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
What passing bells for these who die as cattleOnly the monstrous anger of the guns.Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattleCan patter out their hasty orisons.
She says the same thing over and over and over, but a lot of the people didn't hear it in the debate so they heard it for the first time. It's almost like robotic, frankly, she's got a good line of pitter-patter but if you listen for 5 minutes you develop a tremendous headache.
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