- patpat1 [pat]adj.[prob. < PAT2]1. apt; timely; opportune2. exactly suitable3. so glibly plausible as to seem contrived4. designating a poker hand to which no cards are drawn because of the unlikelihood of improving itadv.in a pat manner——————have down pat or have pat [pas tel′ist, pas′tel ist]Informal to know or have memorized thoroughly——————☆ stand pat1. Poker to draw no further cards and play the hand as dealt2. to refuse to turn aside from an opinion, course of action, etc.patnessn.pat2 [pat]n.[ME patte, prob. echoic]1. a quick, gentle tap, touch, or stroke with the hand or some flat object2. the sound made by this3. a small lump or mass, as of butter4. a mass of animal dung [cow pats covered the pasture]vt.patted, patting1.a) to tap, touch, or stroke quickly or gently, esp. with the hand, as in affection, sympathy, or encouragementb) to tap or stroke lightly with something flat2. to flatten, shape, apply, etc. by pattingvi.1. to pat a surface2. to move along with a patting sound, as in running——————pat on the back1. a compliment or encouragement2. to compliment or praisepat3abbrev.1. patent2. patented
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.