noun as in patter
A lot of newspaper columns used to be written in a rat-a-tat-tat, fast-paced style—and they tended to be funny.
Rat-a-tat, rat′-a-tat′, n. sound of repeated knocks, as of a drumstick.
In the woods one seldom hears from him anything but the rattling rat-a-tat-tat, as he hammers away on a dry old pine stub.
Sophie lay back in her chair, eyes half closed, fingers beating a slow rat-a-tat on the chair-arm.
A little while after they heard a rat-a-tat at the garden door.
Then they heard a rat-a-tat, and the voice of their mother calling: 'Here!
On this page you'll find 34 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to rat-a-tat, such as: chatter, pad, pat, pelt, pitter-patter, and rattle.
From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.