patter

Patter \Pat"ter\, v. t. 1. To spatter; to sprinkle. [R.] ``And patter the water about the boat.'' --J. R. Drake. [1913 Webster] 2. [See {Patter}, v. i., 2.] To mutter; as prayers. [1913 Webster] [The hooded clouds] patter their doleful prayers. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster] {To patter flash}, to talk in thieves' cant. [Slang] [1913 Webster]