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pitter-patter (n.)

early 15c., "rapid repetition of words," from a rhyming reduplication of patter (v.2). As "alternating light beating sounds," 1670s, from patter (v.1). As a verb in this sense by 1708. Compare pit-a-pat.

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Definitions of pitter-patter
1
pitter-patter (v.)
rain gently;
Synonyms: sprinkle / spit / spatter / patter
pitter-patter (v.)
make light, rapid and repeated sounds;
Synonyms: patter
2
pitter-patter (adv.)
as of footsteps;
Synonyms: pit-a-pat / pitty-patty / pitty-pat
pitter-patter (adv.)
describing a rhythmic beating;
Synonyms: pit-a-pat / pitty-patty / pitty-pat
3
pitter-patter (n.)
a series of rapid tapping sounds;
she missed the pitter-patter of little feet around the house
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