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Pitter

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pitter A contrivance for removing the pits from peaches, plums, and other stone fruit.
    • v. i Pitter To make a pattering sound; to murmur; as, pittering streams.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pitter To murmur; patter.
    • n pitter One who removes pits or stones from fruit.
    • n pitter An implement for removing the stones from such fruit as plums and peaches; a fruit-stoner.
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Usage

In literature:

Then, with a swift pitter-patter, she ran back to the house.
"Little Sister Snow" by Frances Little
Jack a little later heard the cat-like steps of its mate leaving the place, until the pitter-patter died away in the distance.
"Jack North's Treasure Hunt" by Roy Rockwood
They plumped into the milk-cans, and they went pittering and pattering all over the floor, backwards and forwards, and up and down.
"Little Eyolf" by Henrik Ibsen
Every door was banging, and the passages and the staircase resounded with the constant pitter-patter of feet.
"Lourdes From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Every door was banging, and the passages and the staircase resounded with the constant pitter-patter of feet.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Do you see the dropping rain, Pitter-patter on the pane?
"Home Geography For Primary Grades" by C. C. Long
After her ran all the dollies, their little feet pitter-patting across the floor and down the hall.
"Raggedy Andy Stories" by Johnny Gruelle
Then, pitter, patter, came the rain, hissing on the flames.
"Two Knapsacks" by John Campbell
A grasshopper remained a week with St. Francis during the absence of the Virgin Mary, and pittered on his head.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
My old man Pitter used to work for'n, my dear, and my maid went there to sarvice.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
Pitter patter, pitter patter, pitter patter down the street.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
Finally a shutter was pushed open very gently, and the four hearts went pitter-patter, anticipating the sight of a lovely young girl's face.
"A Portrait of Old George Town" by Grace Dunlop Ecker
It's pitter-patter o' little feet in the mud.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
I do not think tyrants feel their hearts go pitter-patter, as mine did, both last night and this morning.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
Both girls felt their hearts go quite pitter-pattery when at last they stood on the doorstep of the castle.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
Miss Pitters, Miss Ritters, and Miss Titters each brought a present.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
She had not gone far when she heard the pitter-patter of feet.
"The White Queen of Okoyong" by W.P. Livingstone
Pitter, patter on the roof, a sprinkle of broad drops on the window-panes from the trees swishing in the wind outside.
"Sweethearts at Home" by S. R. Crockett
On and on traveled the Moquis, almost noiselessly pitter-pattering along the dusty floor of the passage.
"The Boy Scouts On The Range" by Lieut. Howard Payson
We, the player, feel a little pitter-patter in the heart.
"The Happy Golfer" by Henry Leach
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In poetry:

O you Fates with old wives' chatter,
Sleepy night so softly swaying,
Life with mouselike pitter-patter,
Why vex me, what are you saying?
"Night Piece" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Stark staring upon the sward lay the clown,
And his heart went "pitter-patter,"—
Till the ghost in the clay-cold grave sunk down,—
When he felt in a twitter-twatter!
"The Gosherd Of Croyland" by Thomas Cooper
I shouted, "Ahoy" to the Captain
My heart going all pitter patter
"There¹s a girl in the channel, She¹s wearing red flannel."
The Captain said, "That doesn¹t matter!"
"The Sailor Comes Home With The Washing" by T W Connor
O the chatter, chatter, chatter,
Of the things that do not matter.
Little wordy things that clatter,
Restless feet that pitter patter,
All my pretty houses scatter,
All my noble castles scatter.
"The House Of Cards" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
Your legs are long, mine are short; I am lean, you are fatter;
Your step is bold and free, mine goes pitter-patter;
Your head is in the air, and mine hangs down like lead—
But then my two great ears are so heavy on my head!
"The Donkey In The Cart To The Horse In The Carriage" by George MacDonald

In news:

The Sedgwick County Zoo hopes to hear the pitter-patter of baby tiger paws.
The beats are moving and grooving, there is a sense of excitement in the air, and the pitter patter of little feet can occasionally be heard it's the Tuesday Music Magazine.
Peyton Pitter and his dad, Shaun Pitter, walk their dog, Ella, on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, through the dog park at Roland and Gladys Olson Swedish Heritage Park, 7901 Harlem Road, Loves Park.
Ah The pitter patter sound of little feet racing across the floor.
Creighton men's soccer freshman Timo Pitter was named Missouri Valley Conference offensive player of the week Monday.
The pitter-patter of little feet is an increasingly common sound at nursing homes and senior-living residences.
Suddenly fast footsteps behind us—thudding pitter-patter in a wave, rubber soles smacking like jazz snares, loud, louder, nearly here, bent arms and fists cutting the air.
LANGLEY — Imagine the city's old fire hall on Second Street filled with the pitter-patter of raindrops — and the footsteps of wee ones.
Creighton's Timo Pitter (18) fights for the ball with Indiana's Jacob Bushue (17) in the first half of a NCAA College Cup men's championship semifinal soccer match at Regions Park, Friday, Dec 7, 2012, in Hoover, Ala .
Honey Boo Boo may head to bed early on Christmas Eve -- but not to await the pitter-patter of Santa's reindeer on the roof of her McIntyre, Ga.
Is That The Pitter Patter Of Tiny Feet.
Honey Boo Boo may head to bed early on Christmas Eve -- but not to await the pitter-patter of Santa's reindeer on the roof of her McIntyre, Ga.
Creighton's Timo Pitter (18) fights for the ball with Indiana's Jacob Bushue (17) in the first half of a NCAA College Cup men's championship semifinal soccer match at Regions Park, Friday, Dec 7, 2012, in Hoover, Ala.
The careful, melodic pitter-patter of washed-out synths.
As my office eMac groaned like a distant, dying whale, my desk fan offered a final, plaintive pitter.
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