Definition of Pitty-pat

1. Adverb. As of footsteps. "He came running pit-a-pat down the hall"


2. Adverb. Describing a rhythmic beating. "His heart went pit-a-pat"

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pitty-pat

pitties
pitting
pitting corrosion
pitting oedema
pittings
pittite
pittites
pittle
pittle-pattle
pittled
pittles
pittling
pittosporum
pittosporums
pitty
pitty-pat (current term)
pitty-patty
pituicyte
pituicytes
pituicytoma
pituita
pituitaries
pituitarism
pituitarium
pituitary
pituitary-adrenal system
pituitary adamantinoma
pituitary adenoma
pituitary ameloblastoma
pituitary apoplexy

Literary usage of Pitty-pat

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. History of the Third Pennsylvania Cavalry, Sixtieth Regiment Pennsylvania by Pennsylvania Cavalry 3d Regt., 1861-1865 (1905)
""About 10 o'clock that night the outside vedette heard the steady pitty-pat, pitty-pat of horses' feet, and awaited their coming. Soon their riders were in ..."

2. Hollowdell grange; or, Holiday hours in a country home by George Manville Fenn (1866)
"Pitty—pat; pitty—pat; pitty—pat," went the pony ; and, as soon as Neddy heard it, down went his head, up went his heels, and away he rushed, ..."

3. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"Agad, my heart has gone a PIT PAT for thee. 1711. STEELE, Spectator^ 503. She immediately stepped out of her pew, And fell into the finest pitty-pat air. rf ..."

4. The Cyclopædia of Wit and Humor: Containing Choice and Characteristic by William Evans Burton (1858)
"Oh when I think on her cheeks sue greasy, Oh when I think on her shoulders fat, Never a lass have I seen like Leezy, She makes my poor heart to go pitty-pat ..."

5. History of the Third Pennsylvania Cavalry, Sixtieth Regiment Pennsylvania by Pennsylvania Cavalry 3d Regt., 1861-1865 (1905)
""About 10 o'clock that night the outside vedette heard the steady pitty-pat, pitty-pat of horses' feet, and awaited their coming. Soon their riders were in ..."

6. Hollowdell grange; or, Holiday hours in a country home by George Manville Fenn (1866)
"Pitty—pat; pitty—pat; pitty—pat," went the pony ; and, as soon as Neddy heard it, down went his head, up went his heels, and away he rushed, ..."

7. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"Agad, my heart has gone a PIT PAT for thee. 1711. STEELE, Spectator^ 503. She immediately stepped out of her pew, And fell into the finest pitty-pat air. rf ..."

8. The Cyclopædia of Wit and Humor: Containing Choice and Characteristic by William Evans Burton (1858)
"Oh when I think on her cheeks sue greasy, Oh when I think on her shoulders fat, Never a lass have I seen like Leezy, She makes my poor heart to go pitty-pat ..."

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