1 tiptoe; scurry, scuttle, skip, trip:
I could hear the squirrels pattering across the metal roof.
2 spatter, pitter-patter, tap, pit-a-pat; beat, pelt:
The rain pattered on the tent with increasing intensity.
3 spatter, spattering, pit-a-pat, pitter-patter, tattoo, drum, thrum, beat, beating, tap, ratatat, tap-tap:
The rhythmical patter of the rain lulled me to sleep.
1 pitch, sales talk, spiel, line:
Anyone listening to his patter might be inclined to buy a time-share holiday
2 chatter, prattle, prate, babbling, babble, gabble, gabbling, cackle, cackling, palaver, jabber, jabbering, chit-chat, small talk, gossip, blather or blether, gibberish or gibber, Chiefly Brit natter, nattering, Scots clishmaclaver, Colloq gab, gabbing, Slang gas, hot air, yackety-yack, yack:
The chap tapping our phone had to listen to the teenagers' patter for hours on end.
3 chatter, prattle, prate, babble, gabble, cackle, palaver, jabber, rattle (on), chit-chat, chaffer, gossip, blather or blether, gibber, Chiefly Brit natter, witter (on), Colloq gab, Slang gas, yackety-yack, yack, jibber-jabber:
They just patter on about nothing in particular.