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verb [intransitive] patter pronunciation in American English /ˈpætər/
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present tense
present participlepattering
past tensepattered
past participlepattered
  1. 1
    to make a series of short quiet sounds by falling onto or hitting a surface
    patter against/on etc.:

    Rain pattered against the window.

  2. 2
    to walk or run somewhere, making a series of short quiet sounds with your feet
    patter over/along etc.:

    Lily pattered over to the window.


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