One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A device which or person who removes the pits or stones from fruit.
no object To make a rapid succession of light taps, or similar slight sounds; to run with quick, light-sounding steps.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Defiance (Ohio) Democrat. From pit + -er. In later use also partly from pit + -er<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in The Edinburgh Review. Either shortened from pitter-patter, or variant of patter.
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