Pat Definition

păt
pats, patted, patting
verb
pats, patted, patting
To pat a surface.
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To tap, touch, or stroke quickly or gently, esp. with the hand, as in affection, sympathy, or encouragement.
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To tap or stroke lightly with something flat.
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To move along with a patting sound, as in running.
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To flatten, shape, apply, etc. by patting.
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noun
pats
A quick, gentle tap, touch, or stroke with the hand or some flat object.
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The sound made by this.
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A small lump or mass, as of butter.
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A mass of animal dung.
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adjective
Apt; timely; opportune.
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Exactly suitable.
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So glibly plausible as to seem contrived.
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Designating a poker hand to which no cards are drawn because of the unlikelihood of improving it.
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adverb
Readily or perfectly as a result of memorization or familiarization.
They've got the system down pat. He has the lesson pat.
American Heritage
In a pat manner.
Webster's New World

Opportunely, in a timely or suitable way.

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He has the routine down pat.
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abbreviation
Point after touchdown.
American Heritage
Patent.
Webster's New World
Patented.
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anagram

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

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pronoun

A short form of the female given name Patricia.

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A short form of the male given name Patrick.

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idiom
pat on the back
  • An expression or gesture of praise or approval:

    Let's give them a pat on the back for doing a good job.

American Heritage
have (down) pat
  • to know or have memorized thoroughly
Webster's New World
stand pat
  • to draw no further cards and play the hand as dealt
  • to refuse to turn aside from an opinion, course of action, etc.
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pat someone down
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pat on the back
  • a compliment or encouragement
  • to compliment or praise
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Other Word Forms of Pat

Noun

Singular:
pat
Plural:
pats

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Pat

Origin of Pat

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English a blow perhaps of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From pat

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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