(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. having only superficial plausibility; not very convincing.

Similar word(s): plausible, glib, slick

2. exactly ready for the occasion; timely.

- a pat reply

Similar word(s): appropriate

Sentences with pat as an adjective:

- a pat expression


1. completely or perfectly

- he has the lesson pat

- had the system down pat

Sentences with pat as an adverb:

- He has the routine down pat.


1. the sound made by a gentle blow

Similar word(s): rap, tap

Definition categories: event, sound

2. a light touch or stroke

Similar word(s): dab, tap

Definition categories: act, touch, touching


1. pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin

Similar word(s): chuck

Definition categories: contact, caress, fondle

2. hit lightly

- pat him on the shoulder

Similar word(s): dab

Definition categories: contact, strike

Sentences with pat as a verb:

- To show affection, he decided he would pat the boy on the head.

- I patted the cookie dough into shape.

- Do you want to pat the cat?