Pitapat

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pitapat A light, repeated sound; a pattering, as of the rain. "The pitapat of a pretty foot."
    • adv Pitapat In a flutter; with palpitation or quick succession of beats. "The fox's heart went pitapat ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pitapat With a quick succession of beats; in a flutter; with palpitation.
    • pitapat Fluttering.
    • n pitapat A light quick step; a succession of light beats or taps.
    • pitapat To step or tread quickly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Pitapat pit′a-pat with palpitation or quick beating
    • adj Pitapat fluttering
    • n Pitapat a light, quick step: a succession of light taps
    • v.i Pitapat to step or tread quickly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
An onomatopoetic reduplication of pat, a light, quick blow

Usage

In literature:

Well, mum, why don't you go, or send Pitapat?
"Capitola the Madcap" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
And while she gazed her heart went pitapat.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Well, mum, why don't you go, or send Pitapat?
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
As it was often the only sound to be heard in the still house, I grew to call my little visitor Pitapat.
"Hidden Hand" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
Suddenly he fancied he heard feet outside going pitapat.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Just as she was ready to open, she heard the pitapat of little Nanna's steps on the bridge from the bank.
"Mary" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
In a moment there was a curious tearing sound, and then a pitapat on the ground about them.
"Under Fire For Servia" by Colonel James Fiske
Anything like the sound of a rat Makes my heart go pitapat!
"The Land of Song, Book II" by Various
Somebody marched pitapat about the room, and somebody danced by the fireplace.
"The Chronicles of Rhoda" by Florence Tinsley Cox
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