|Origin:||paternoster name of a Christian prayer (9-21 centuries)|
the sound made by something as it keeps hitting a surface lightly and quickly
2 [singular, uncountable]
fast, continuous, and usually amusing talk, used by someone telling jokes or trying to sell something:
It's difficult to look at the cars without getting the sales patter.
used humorously to mean that someone is going to have a baby:
Are we going to hear the patter of tiny feet?