Pat v. t. [imp. & p. p. Patted p. pr. & vb. n. Patting.] To strike gently with the fingers or hand; to stroke lightly; to tap; as, to pat a dog.
Gay pats my shoulder, and you vanish quite. --Pope.
1. A light, quik blow or stroke with the fingers or hand; a tap.
2. A small mass, as of butter, shaped by pats.
It looked like a tessellated work of pats of butter. --Dickens.
Pat, a. Exactly suitable; fit; convenient; timely. “Pat allusion.”
Pat, adv. In a pat manner.
I foresaw then 't would come in pat hereafter. --Sterne.
adj 1: having only superficial plausibility; "glib promises"; "a
slick commercial" [syn: glib, slick]
2: exactly suited to the occasion; "a pat reply"
n 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"
v 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]