- n. 行话；轻快脚步声；急速拍打声
- vi. 滴答地响；急速地说；发出急速轻拍声
- vt. 喋喋不休地说；使…发出嗒嗒声
1. pat + -er (“frequentative (indicating repeated action)”).
3. shortened form of paternoster.
- patter (v.1)
- "make quick taps," 1610s, frequentative of pat (v.). Related: Pattered; pattering. As a noun in this sense from 1844.
- patter (v.2)
- "talk rapidly," c. 1400, from pater "mumble prayers rapidly" (c. 1300), shortened form of paternoster. Perhaps influenced by patter (v.1). The related noun is first recorded 1758, originally "cant language of thieves and beggars." Compare Devil's paternoster (1520s) "a grumbling and mumbling to oneself."
PATTERING. The maundering or pert replies of servants; also talk or palaver in order to amuse one intended to be cheated. [Grose, "Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 2nd edition. 1788]
- 1. Fran began her automatic patter about how Jon had been unavoidably detained.
- 2. There's no doubt women found him charming. It must have been his patter because he's certainly not at all good-looking.
- 3. She's not particularly interested in having children, but her husband longs for the patter of tiny feet.
- 她并不特别想要孩子, 可是她的丈夫巴不得早点有个小宝宝.
- 4. She can't wait for the patter of tiny feet.
- 5. He heard the patter of Libby's feet approach the phone.
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