AskDefine | Define pat

Dictionary Definition

pat adj
1 having only superficial plausibility; "glib promises"; "a slick commercial" [syn: glib, slick]
2 exactly suited to the occasion; "a pat reply"

Noun

1 the sound made by a gentle blow [syn: rap, tap]
2 a light touch or stroke [syn: tap, dab] adv : completely or perfectly; "he has the lesson pat"; "had the system down pat"

Verb

1 pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin [syn: chuck]
2 hit lightly; "pat him on the shoulder" [syn: dab] [also: patting, patted]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /pæt/ (UK)
  • Rhymes: -æt

Etymology 1

Originally probably imitative.

Noun

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

Verb

  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.
Translations

Adverb

pat
  1. opportunely, in a timely or suitable way
    1600: Now might I do it pat — William Shakespeare, Hamlet III.iii
Translations

See also

Etymology 2

Abbreviation.

Noun

  1. patent

Anagrams

Czech

Noun

pat

French

Noun

fr-noun m

Indonesian

Etymology

Common Oceanian

Noun

pat (a shorter form of empat)

Min Nan

Alternative spellings

  • bat to know somebody

Pronunciation

  • [ pat˩˩ ]

Noun

  1. eight

Usage notes

  • peh/poeh is used when referring to amounts, whereas pat is used for years and telephone numbers, bank account numbers etc.

Verb

  1. to know somebody; to recognize
  2. to be familiar with

See also

Romanian

Etymology

From Greek

Noun

  1. bed

Declension

Slovak

Noun

pat m, paty pl
pat stem
patu gensg
  1. a stalemate in a game of chess

Derived terms

Volapük

vo-noun pat

Etymology

French particularité

Noun

pat

Extensive Definition

pat in Danish: Pat
pat in Japanese: パット
pat in Norwegian: Pat
pat in Portuguese: Pat

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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