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Meaning of pat by Wiktionary Dictionary

pat


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /pæt/
    • Rhymes: -æt

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English *patten, alteration ( with loss of medial l ) of Middle English platten, pletten ( “to pat” ), from Old English plættan ( “to buffet, strike, slap, smack, to give a sounding blow” ), from Proto-Germanic *plat- ( “to strike, beat” ), from Proto-Indo-European *b( e )lad-, *b( e )led- ( “to strike, beat” ). Cognate with Middle Dutch platten, pletten ( “to strike, bruise, crush, rub” ), German platzen ( “to split, burst, break up” ), Bavarian patzen ( “to pat” ), Swedish plätta, pjätta ( “to pat, tap” ). For loss of l, compare patch for platch; pate for plate, etc. See plat .

    Noun

    pat ( plural: pats )

    1. The sound of a light slap or tap with a soft flat object, especially of a footstep
    2. A light tap or slap, especially with the hands
    3. A flattish lump of soft matter, especially butter or dung .
    Derived terms

    Verb

    pat ( third-person singular simple present pats present participle patting, simple past and past participle patted )

    1. To ( gently ) tap the flat of one's hand on a person or thing .
      To show affection, he decided he would pat the boy on the head .
    2. To hit lightly and repeatedly with the flat of the hand to make smooth or flat
      I patted the cookie dough into shape .
    3. ( Australian ) To stroke or fondle ( an animal ) .
    4. To gently rain .
    Derived terms

    Adjective

    pat ( not comparable )

    1. timely, suitable, apt, opportune, ready for the occasion; especially of things spoken
      a pat expression
    2. trite, being superficially complete, lacking originality
    Derived terms

    Adverb

    pat ( comparative more pat, superlative most pat )

    1. opportunely, in a timely or suitable way.
      • c. 1600, William Shakespeare, Hamlet III.iii
        Now might I do it pat
    2. Perfectly .
      He has the routine down pat .
    Derived terms

    See also

    Etymology 2

    Abbreviation .

    Noun

    pat ( plural: pats )

    1. patent

    Anagrams

    • APT, ap't, apt, apt., ATP, PTA, TAP, tap

    pat.

    By Wiktionary ( 2010/09/26 04:34 UTC Version )

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /pæt/
    • Rhymes: -æt

    Etymology 1

    Originally probably imitative .

    Noun

    pat ( plural: pats )

    1. The sound of a light slap or tap with a soft flat object, especially of a footstep
    2. A light tap or slap, especially with the hands
    3. A flattish lump of soft matter, especially butter or dung .

    Verb

    to pat ( third-person singular simple present pats present participle patting, simple past and past participle patted )

    1. To ( gently ) tap the flat of one's hand on a person or thing .
      To show affection, he decided he would pat the boy on the head .
    2. To hit lightly and repeatedly with the flat of the hand to make smooth or flat
      I patted the cookie dough into shape .
    3. To gently rain .

    Adjective

    pat ( not comparable )

    1. trite, being superficially complete, lacking originality
      Your manager is not going to be satisfied with your pat ideas for the new project .
    2. timely and suitable

    Adverb

    pat ( comparative more pat, superlative most pat )

    1. ( obsolete ) opportunely, in a timely or suitable way.
      • c. 1600, William Shakespeare, Hamlet III.iii
        Now might I do it pat
    2. Perfectly .
      He has the routine down pat .

    See also

    Etymology 2

    Abbreviation .

    Noun

    pat ( plural: pats )

    1. patent

    Anagrams

    • APT, ap't, apt, apt., ATP, PTA, TAP, tap


Explanation of pat by Wordnet Dictionary

pat


    Verb
    1. hit lightly

    2. pat him on the shoulder
    3. pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin

    Adverb
    1. completely or perfectly

    2. he has the lesson pat
      had the system down pat
    Adjective
    1. exactly suited to the occasion

    2. a pat reply
    3. having only superficial plausibility

    Noun
    1. a light touch or stroke

    2. the sound made by a gentle blow



    Definition of pat by GCIDE Dictionary

    pat


    1. Pat v. t. [imp. & p. p. Patted ; p. pr. & vb. n. Patting.] [Cf. G. patschen, Prov. G. patzen, to strike, tap.] To strike gently with the fingers or hand; to stroke lightly; to tap; as, “to pat a dog”.

      Gay pats my shoulder, and you vanish quite. Pope.

    2. Pat, n.
      1. A light, quik blow or stroke with the fingers or hand; a tap.

      2. A small mass, as of butter, shaped by pats.

      It looked like a tessellated work of pats of butter. Dickens.

    3. Pat, a. [Cf. pat a light blow, D. te pas convenient, pat, where pas is fr. F. passer to pass.] Exactly suitable; fit; convenient; timely. “Pat allusion.” Barrow.

    4. Pat, adv. In a pat manner.

      I foresaw then 't would come in pat hereafter. Sterne.